York, ME
Old York Museum Center
Soup Series 2019, Lecture 2
Wed, February 20, 2019
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Soup Series Lecture 2 (non-member) [+] 30 02/20/2019 $20.00
"The Life and Times of William Pepperrell of Kittery, Maine," with Sandra Rux, on Wednesday, February 20, at 6pm.
Soup Series Lecture 2 (member) [+] 27 02/20/2019 $18.00
"The Life and Times of William Pepperrell of Kittery, Maine," with Sandra Rux, on Wednesday, February 20, at 6pm.
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The Life and Times of William Pepperrell of Kittery, Maine
Sandra Rux
 
William Pepperrell (about 1651–1734) began life in relatively humble conditions. Through skill (and luck) he parlayed a small income into one of the largest fortunes in New England. Unlike the merchants of Portsmouth, who were heavily involved in the mast trade with England, Pepperrell focused on trading in the staple products of the Piscataqua region—fish and lumber. He restricted his ventures to the North American coast and the Caribbean islands, and invested his profits in land in what is now York County. He left such a large empire to his son—the famous Sir William Pepperrell and first American to be granted a title by the king—that it was said that the junior Pepperrell could walk from his house in Kittery to Pepperrellborough (now Saco) without leaving his own land! Sandra Rux reveals the details of the life and times of this shrewd merchant and businessman, and describes how the senior Pepperrell built his magnificent fortune.
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