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William Wilson Longstreth
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Birth: Nov. 14, 1802
Death: Jun. 3, 1879
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Early yesterday morning Mr. W. W. Longstreth died at his residence, No. 2017 Chestnut street. He was an invalid for several years. In 1868 he was stricken with paralysis, which soon assumed the form of epileptic fits, and from these, with hemorrhage of the kidneys, he suffered for a long time. Many years ago he purchased and lived upon a place near Chestnut Hill. Deceased was in his seventy-seventh year, was a director and an ex-president of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company. He attended the last meeting of the board, and his last visit to the office of the company, was on the 27th ult., when he was very feeble. Mr. Longstreth was the third ex-president and director of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company who has died since last October, the other two being Mr. J. Gillingham Fell and Judge Packer.

When a boy deceased entered the hardware house of Evans Rogers and remained there until he went into the same business for himself, with William Chamberlain as a partner. He became connected with the Beaver Meadow Railroad and Coal Company about fifty years ago. Under his management the coal and transportation operations were divided, and large dividends were the result. About twenty years ago, the affairs of the Beaver Meadow Company, becoming closely identified with those of the Lehigh Valley Company, Mr. Longstreth took the office of president for a short time, until the late J. Gillingham Fell was chosen in his place. He continued as president of the Beaver Meadow Company until 1864 when the company merged into the Lehigh Valley, and Mr. Longstreth was elected president of the corporation, but he retired and became vice president. Mr. Longstreth remained at the head of the company for four years, until 1868, when he resigned the presidency, and Judge Packer was again elected to fill that office, Mr. Charles Huntsborne being chosen vice president. Mr. Longstreth continued as a member of the board and chairman of the Finance Committee. He died a very wealthy man, and beside being a large owner in the Lehigh Valley road and in coal lands, he had a very valuable farm of 110 acres at Hestonville, in the immediate vicinity of George's Hill, and a portion of the old George estate. Mr. Longstreth had been married three times. His last wife was Mrs. Mather, a daughter of Dr. Moore, an old physician of this city. She died last Sunday. Mr. Longstreth left three children - Mrs. Horace J. Smith, Mrs Emlen Carpenter, and a son, Mr. William Longstreth, of William Longstreth & Co. Deceased was a brother of Thomas B. Longstreth, a man of great wealth. who lived in Germantown and also a brother of Maurice Longstreth, Democratic candidate for Governor of this State in 1848, but who was defeated by William F. Johnston.

Philadelphia Inquirer, 4 Jun 1879
Family links: 
  Joseph Longstreth (1773 - 1807)
  Margaret McKee Middleton (1776 - 1860)
  Margaret Collins Bullock Longstreth (1801 - 1866)
  Ann Williams Moore Longstreth (1812 - 1879)*
  Thomas Bedford Longstreth (1797 - 1867)*
  Morris Longstreth (1800 - 1855)*
  William Wilson Longstreth (1802 - 1879)
*Calculated relationship
Fair Hill Burial Ground
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Sec F, lot 57
Created by: DonH
Record added: Feb 20, 2009
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William Wilson Longstreth
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William Wilson Longstreth
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Rest in peace Mr. Longstreth.
- Nancy Gibson Lowe
 Added: Mar. 16, 2012

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