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The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Philadelphia

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Largest city in Pennsylvania, on the Delaware, 100 m. from the sea and 90 m. by rail SW. of New York; is the third city in the Union in population, manufactures, and commerce, regularly built with plain substantial dwelling-houses; recently more splendid public buildings have been erected, the town-hall, of white marble, is the second highest structure in the world; a masonic temple and Government offices of granite and the Mint are also fine buildings; there is a university and colleges of science, medicine, art, and music, many churches, a Roman Catholic cathedral, and many hospitals and charitable institutions; the industries include locomotive building, saw-making, woollen and cotton goods, sugar and oil refining, and chemical works; it trades largely in coal. Founded by William Penn in 1682, it was the central point of the War of Independence; the first Congress met here, and the Declaration of Independence was signed in a building still standing; here too the Federal Union was signed and the constitution drawn up, and from 1790 to 1800 it was the capital of the United States.

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Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Philadelphia'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/p/philadelphia.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.

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