Feb. 29, 1741 Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA
Nov. 9, 1808 Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA
Colonial Businessman. The grandfather of General George Gordon Meade, the hero of Gettysburg, George Meade was a prosperous merchant. He was one of the signers of the non-importation resolutions of 1765, and during the Revolution took an active part in supporting the patriot cause, giving on one occasion, £2,000 toward supplying the stuggling army at Valley Forge. After the Colonies became the United States he continued to be identified with the progress of Philadelphia. He was a generous, hospitable, and charitable. He was known for his strict integrity, and held holding several positions of trust and honor. He was a stanch Catholic, and one of the founders and trustees of St. Mary Church, in Fourth Street, the second oldest Catholic church in Philadelphia. Along with the Reverend William White (later bishop of the Protestant Episcopal church), he assisted, with Mathew Carey and others, in organizing in Philadelphia a system of First-day or Sunday-schools, presided over respectively by a Catholic, an Episcopalian, and a Friend. He was one of the original members of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and one of the original members of the Hibernian society.