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Christ Church

Christ Church is an Episcopal Church located in Philadelphia, Pa,. The first building was built in 1695 but was made out of wood and as the congregation grew, the church need to be enlarged. This Church was built from 1727 to 1744 with the steeple being added in 1754.

 

In 1697, a baptizing pulpit was given to the church from the Church of England and is still used today. The most notable figure to be baptized there was William Penn who was an English explorer that is credited as the founder of Philadelphia and the namesake of Pennsylvania.

 

In the late 1700's, 15 members of the Continental Congress that signed the Declaration of Independence were members here. Some of the biggest members here included George Washington, John Adams, and Betsy Ross. The Marque de Lafayette would attend here whenever in Philadelphia. The bishop of the church for 50 years during the mid and late 1700's was Bishop William White. He was the only Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Pennsylvania that supported America during the Revolutionary War. He would serve as the Chaplain for the Continental Army during the war.

 

There is a churchyard around the church with many notable burials. These include 4 signers of the US Constitution, Jacob Broom, Robert Morris, Pierce Butler, and James Wilson. Wilson and Morris also signed the Declaration of Independence. Also buried here is bishop William White and Revolutionary War Major General Charles Lee.

 

Christ Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 15, 1970.

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Taken on March 11, 2011