Stephen Colwell

in Friends of the Unrighteous Mammon

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780226137063
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226137087 | DOI:
Stephen Colwell

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Stephen Colwell (1800–1871) lived most of his life among the Philadelphia elite, enjoying a long and distinguished career as an industrialist and philanthropist. He also had considerable abilities as an economic thinker. Although never a professor of political economy, Colwell followed these issues with great interest and contributed to them himself as an avowed protectionist. He was a close friend of Henry C. Carey, one of the most influential American political economists in the nineteenth century, and he participated regularly in the “Carey Vespers,” in which prominent Philadelphia leaders and intellectuals gathered to discuss business, politics, and the arts. It is difficult to say exactly why Colwell was so receptive to socialism in the first place—what it was in his personality or background that might have predisposed him to it—but the turning point seemed to have come on a trip he took to Europe sometime early in his second marriage.

Keywords: Stephen Colwell; political economy; Henry C. Carey; Carey Vespers; socialism; Philadelphia; business; politics; arts

Chapter.  5463 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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