Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

 

Summary

Port city founded as Quaker settlement by William Penn, 1681.1 Site of signing of Declaration of Independence and drafting of U.S. Constitution.2 Nation’s capital city, 1790–1800.3 Population in 1830 about 170,000; in 1840 about 260,000; and in 1850 about 410,000.4 Mormon population in July 1840 about 200; in late 1842 about 300; and in Aug. 1844 about 330.5 First Mormon missionaries preached in city, fall 1837.6 JS organized branch of LDS church in city, 23 Dec. 1839.7 JS spoke to congregation of about 3,000 people in city, Dec. 1839.8

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