Penn People

Robert Strettell

1693 - 1762

Penn Connection

  • Trustee 1749-1762

Quaker merchant Robert Strettell was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1693. He came with his wife and family to Philadelphia in 1736.

In his new home he became known as a liberal member of the Society of Friends, and a man of cultural and literary taste. He was a merchant by trade, but he served as a man of public trust. He was a member of the Common Council of the City of Philadelphia, a member of the Governor’s Council, and mayor of Philadelphia. He died in 1762.

Strettell was a trustee of the Academy and College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania) from 1749 to 1762.