Cresson, Elliott, 1796-1854

Cresson, Elliott, 1796-1854



  • Existence: 1796 - 1854


Elliott Cresson (March 2, 1796 – February 20, 1854) was an American philanthropist who gave money to a number of causes after a brief career in the mercantile business. He established the Elliott Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute in 1848, and helped found and manage the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, today's Moore College of Art and Design. Cresson was a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and a strong supporter of the Philadelphia branch of the American Colonization Society, a group fighting slavery that relocated former slaves and free African Americans to colonies in Liberia.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Charles Marsh letter

Mss 838629.1
Identifier: Mss 838629.1
Date(s): 1838-11-29

In English.