Forsyth, William T.



Forsyth, William T.


William Forsyth was a master builder elected to the Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia in 1838. Forsyth lived at 85 North Juniper street and worked at Brown above Cherry street in 1845. He moved his residence to 256 Cherry Street by 1850 and his workplace to Market street and Schuylkill 4th. Forsyth was first a Warden of the Company from 1846-48 and then served a term on the Managing Committee. In the 1850s and again in 1870s, he served several terms as the Company's secretary. Forsyth became Vice President in 1860 and again in 1875. Forsyth died in 1876.

Biography from the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings site, a project of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Written By Tom Stokes.

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Office Held

Secretary, 1852,53,57-59,72-74
Vice President, 1860,61,75,76
Warden, 1846-48

Committee Membership

Managing Committee, 1849-51

Business Address

Brown above Cherry (CD) (1845)


Carpenters' Co. Minutes-1861-81 William Forsyth made a statement and preferred a charge against himself and asked for an investigation. William Forsyth excused from fine; July meeting. Carpenters' Co. Minutes-1875-279 Note of thanks to William Forsyth for ancient papers. --------------------- City Directory - 1845 - William T., carpenter, Brown above Cherry; house 85 N. Juniper. 1850 - William T., carpenter, shop High (W) & Schuylkill 4th; house 256 Cherry. 1854 - William T., carpenter, shop, Market West of 19th; house 256 Cherry. --------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #405; filed November 25, 1856; satisfied May 25, 1857 William T. Forsyth and Thomas Lott, trading as Forsyth &Lott, vs. Simon Delbert. Claim for $2,408.97 for work and materials against 3-story brick factory with 2-story brick dwelling house and 2-story brick stable on the rear situate on the northeast corner of Georges and 23rd steets; in front on Georges street 115 1/2 feet and extending eastward from 23rd street to Dunlap street by 83 feet in depth along 23rd street which depth included the whole lot.