Michael Keppele

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Michael Keppele (September 9, 1771 – February 2, 1821) was a lawyer, alderman, and mayor of Philadelphia, 1811–1812.


Graduated from the University of the State of Pennsylvania (now the University of Pennsylvania) in 1788. [1] He was admitted to the Philadelphia bar on September 18, 1792. [2] In 1806, he became an alderman, replacing Michael Hillegas. He was elected mayor on October 15, 1811, and served a one-year term.

University of Pennsylvania Private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of the nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence and the first institution of higher learning in the United States to refer to itself as a university. Benjamin Franklin, Penn's founder and first president, advocated an educational program that trained leaders in commerce, government, and public service, similar to a modern liberal arts curriculum. The university's coat of arms features a dolphin on its red chief, adopted from Benjamin Franklin's own coat of arms.

He died in Philadelphia.


He married Catherine Caldwell (June 7, 1774 – August 23, 1862).

Their daughter Sarah Caldwell Keppele (1789–1877) married James Cornell Biddle (1795–1838), of the Philadelphia Biddle family in 1825. He was son of revolutionary war soldier Clement Biddle (1740–1814). [3]

The Biddle family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was descended from English immigrants William Biddle (1630–1712) and Sarah Kempe (1634–1709), who arrived in the Province of New Jersey in 1681. Quakers, they had emigrated from England in part to escape religious persecution. Having acquired extensive rights to more than 43,000 acres (170 km2) of lands in West Jersey, they settled first at Burlington, a city which developed along the east side of the Delaware River.

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  1. Penn Students in the 18th Century: Classes of 1780-1789, Univ. Pennsylvania.
  2. History of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and of the Hibernian Society for the Relief of Emigrants from Ireland: March 17, 1771-March 17, 1892, by John Hugh Campbell, published by Hibernian Society, 1892.
  3. "Biddle family papers". University of Delaware Library. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Wharton (Philadelphia)
Mayor of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
John Barker (Philadelphia)