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Riverton in Burlington County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Caleb Clothier House

Caleb Clothier House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), April 2, 2022
1. Caleb Clothier House Marker
Dating to 1851 and designed by Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan as an Italianate Villa, the iconic Caleb Clothier House remains as one of the several founders' "cottages" along the Delaware River bank in Riverton.

Clothier and nine other prominent Philadelphia Quaker merchants initially established Riverton as a summer resort for their families. They then founded the Riverton Improvement Company in 1852 offering building lots to other would be residents.

An ardent advocate for the abolition of slavery, Caleb was a founder of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society; president of the Friends for the Cause of the Slave and Improving the Condition of Free People of Color; and treasurer of the Pennsylvania Abolitionist Society. He was a founder of Swarthmore College and a manager of the Pennsylvania Hall Association.

Caleb and his wife, Hanna Fletcher Hallowell Clothier, had six children. Their son, Isaac Hallowell Clothier, partnered with Justus Strawbridge to found the Philadelphia department store, Strawbridge & Clothier.

In 1863, Edward H. Ogden and Sarah Morris Perot Ogden purchased the home.
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Edward, a Civil War veteran, served as the first mayor of Riverton in 1893. He was a founder and first president of the Riverton Country Club and founder and commodore of the Riverton Yacht Club. A graduate of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, he was vice-president of T. Morris Perot Company, inventors of an Army hospital and medical wagon adopted by the U.S. Government during the Civil War. He was president of the Water Company and vice-president of the People's Gaslight Company of Jersey City.

His wife, Sarah, was a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America; Philadelphia Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution; and president of the Philadelphia Home for Incurables. Many meetings of the Porch Club were held on the Ogden's front porch; and Sarah served as the second president of the Riverton Porch Club. In 1908, she presented the town with the local library in honor of her husband.

Based upon oral history from Ogden descendants "Edward and Sarah would assist runaway slaves to escape in any way possible as they opposed slavery." Coupled with Clothier's abolitionist pa

This home is listed in the Riverton Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places: March 5, 1999,

Many revisions to the home by Philadelphia architect Stanley P. Stewart in 1931 mimicked
The Caleb Clothier House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), April 2, 2022
2. The Caleb Clothier House
Mount Vernon. The changes included relocating the belvedere from the rooftop to the garden before it was later adapted to become a bath house.

Erected 2017 by Mary Louise Bianco-Smith and Ken Smith and the Historical Society of Riverton.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Quakerism series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 5, 1999.
Location. 40° 0.871′ N, 75° 1.012′ W. Marker is in Riverton, New Jersey, in Burlington County. Marker is on Bank Avenue just east of Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Bank Ave, Riverton NJ 08077, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Riverton Yacht Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Wharton-Fitler House (within shouting distance of this marker); Riverton Steamboat Landing (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parrish-James House "Red Gables" (about 500 feet away); Robert and Anna Miller Biddle (about 500 feet away); F. Crosta Home & Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Riverton's First Drugstore (approx. 0.2 miles away); Riverton Free Library (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riverton.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 4, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Jun. 5, 2023