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JORDAN, John, antiquarian, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 8 May, 1808. He was educated at Nazareth hall, became a merchant in Philadelphia, and was for twenty-eight years president of the Mechanics' national bank in that city. For over forty years he has been a zealous antiquarian. He is one of the oldest surviving members of the Historical society of Pennsylvania, an active promoter of its interests, among its most liberal donors, and is now one of its vice presidents, and a trustee of all its various trusts. He has contributed largely to the printed archives of the "United Brethren."--His nephew, John Woolf, antiquarian, born in Philadelphia, 14 September, 1840, was graduated at Nazareth hall in 1857. He is the assistant librarian of the Historical society of Pennsylvania, editor of the "Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography," and a contributor to historical publications, especially to "The Moravian." Among his publications are "Friedensthal and its Stockaded Mill: a Moravian Chronicle, 1749-1767" (Bethlehem, 1877); "A Red Rose from the Olden Time" (1883); "Something about Trombones" (1884); and "Occupation of New York by the British, 1775-1783" (1887).
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