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PENNYPACKER, Samuel Whitaker, lawyer, born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, 9 April, 1843, was educated in his native town and at the West Philadelphia institute, served as a private in the 26th " emergency" regiment in 1863, subsequently read law, in which he was graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1866, and in 1868 became president of the Philadelphia law academy. He is a member of the American Philosophical society, of several foreign societies, is a vice-president of the Pennsylvania historical society, and a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. His collection of more than 2,000 volumes and manuscripts, mainly composed of early Pennsylvania imprints, is remarkable for its fulness in material relating to the German colonists of that state, and for the number of works it contains that were printed by Benjamin Franklin. He has compiled four volumes of "Reports of the Supreme Court," a " Supplementary Index to the English Common Law Reports," with Samuel S. Hollingsworth and E. Greenough Platt (Philadelphia, 1879), and has aided in the preparation of nineteen volumes of the weekly notes of cases in the " Pennsylvania Law Reporter." He has also taken much interest in historical research, and has published "Annals of Phoenixville and its Vicinity" (Philadelphia, 1878) ; "The Pennypacker Reunion" (1878); and " Historical and Biographical Sketches," a collection of fugitive papers, many of which have been translated into Dutch and into German (1883).
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