Bevan, Silvanus (1691-1765)

London apothecary.

Mediated between managers of the Pennsylvania Hospital and the Penn family. As a young man, Bevan had known William Penn (another branch of the Bevan family immigrated to Pennsylvania), and he evidently retained influence with the Penn family. With Timothy Bevan, supplied medicines to the Pennsylvania Hospital (1753-60). Helped raise funds for the Hospital (1757). Also carved ivory figurines, including a bust of William Penn that served as the model for numerous portraits, statues, and medallions (c. 1759).

Quaker. Wealthy, well-educated, and well- connected. Bevan’s brother Timothy and nephew Joseph Gurney Bevan were also apothecaries.