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[William Palmer's Indenture to Joseph Govett]  William Palmer Collection, Athenaeum of Philadelphia.  Local ID #: 90.21.39
[William Palmer's Indenture to Joseph Govett]
William Palmer Collection, Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
Local ID #: 90.21.39

Born: 12/13/1739, Died: 1795

Joseph Govett was a master builder proposed for membership in The Carpenters' Company several times (1765, 1771, 1772) but was blocked from admission until 1772 because of his membership in the Journeymen Carpenters' Company. He was an "encourager" of the Philadelphia edition of Abraham Swan's The British Architect (R. Bell for J. Norman, 1775), the first book on architecture published in America. When the Library Company erected its hall on Fifth Street (designed by William Thornton) in 1789-1790, Govett received two shares in the library for contributed services.

Written by Roger W. Moss.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia
  • Journeymen Carpenters' Company

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