John Francis (1763-1796)

John Francis, Merchant, of Philadelphia and Providence

He was born to one of Philadelphia's foremost families. By 1787, he had moved to Providence in Rhode Island where five years later he formed a business partnership (Brown & Francis) with his influential father-in-law, John Brown (1736-1803), Co-Founder of Brown University. Brown & Francis was the first Providence firm to trade in the East Indies and China. He was married in 1788 and had two children.


Contributed by Mark Meredith on 03/11/2018 and last updated on 25/10/2020.