McConell, Matthew (1748-1816)

Philadelphia merchant and civic leader.

Officer in the Continental Army (1775-83); wounded at Brandywine (1781). Author of An Essay on the Domestic Debts of the United States of America (Philadelphia, 1787). Later became a stockbroker (1799). President of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (1800). Justice of the peace, militia officer, and member of the Hibernian Society and the Society of the Cincinnati.

Son of Matthew and Mary (Wilson) McConell of Philadelphia. Married Ruth Hall (1780); four children. Name also spelled “M’Connell.”

First letter in correspondence: April 6, 1787; PMHB, xlvi (1922), 362-3; Heitman, Register of Officers, p. 275.