Also, he was the Warden of the Port for twenty years. What he could not do in life, he did after his death by the endowments he left to the city for the design, improvements and maintenance of Delaware Avenue. It remains a monument to his ambition to improve the city. His deeds have spoken for him; unfortunately many administrators of his estate have performed so badly as to jeopardize his legacy.21
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1Henry Atlee Ingram, The Life and Character of Stephen Girard, E. Stanley Hart, Philadelphia 18852A picture of this plaque is attached to the 1903 Board report. 3Massey Rhind was the sculptor of the statue that formerly stood beside Philadelphia's City Hall and now is located onthe north side of the Art Museum.4Mrs. Florence I. Poole, a great-grandniece of Stephen Girard , presented Girard’s birth and baptism papers to the Alumni Association in 1957 who in turn gave them to the College.5Henry Atlee Ingram, The Life and Character of Stephen Girard, E. Stanley Hart, Philadelphia 18856George Wilson , Stephen Girard, The Life and Times of America's First Tycoon, Combined Books, Inc., Conshohocken, Pa. 19957Some historians claim, erroneously, that he began as a cabin boy.8From manuscript MS-12 of the Girard papers, referenced in A Catalogue of the Personal Library of Stephen Girard, By William F. Zeil.9The house still stands, restored as 211 Mill Street. Although he had little interest in the Revolution, it is possible that he signed as a volunteer militia. The name Girard appears on the muster of Captain Austin's Company of the 5th Battalion of the Pennsylvania militia. Lonely Midas, by Wildes, claims this is not true and that there was another Stephen Girard, a revolutionary army captain. The record reveals a Captain Girard with no first name mentioned.10Although he donated to the Pennsylvania Masons, he was never affiliated with any local lodge. The belief that he was a member of Lodge No. 3 in Philadelphia came from confusion regarding the acceptance of a Captain Girard on September 3, 1778. According to a book entitled, History of Brother Stephen Girard's Fraternal Connection with the R.W. GrandLodge F&AM of Pennsylvania, Barratt and Sachse, New Era Printing Co. Lancaster Pa., that Captain Girard was an officer in the revolutionary army and not Stephen Girard.11The Stephen Girard Papers, by Murphy D. Smith, American Philosophical Society, 197712This quotation is from pages 61-63 of the 1907 Board Report. 13The April 1919Steel & Garnetreported, "the latest memorial to Stephen Girard is at Valley Forge." One of the stained glass windows in the chapel depicts Girard consulting with one of masters of his ships. It is in the section devoted to development.14Quoted from pages 59-61 of the 1909 Board Report15Board Report for 1912. 16The warehouses were demolished and the location of Girard's house became a part of highway I-95.
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