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Jesse S. Cheyney

Jesse Sharpless Cheyney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in March of 1837, the son of Edith Sharples and Joseph R. Cheyney, a farmer. He married Ellen Roberts Moore. He was in charge of the "Introductory Dept." at Haverford College in 1855, and had probably just graduated from that institution. He then worked as a teacher in Westtown, Pennsylvania (1860) and eventually was appointed principal of the Friends' Select School in Philadelphia. In 1870 he left his teaching job to join Samuel Fox and William Walmsley as partners in James W. Queen & Company (Mr. Queen having just retired), prominent Philadelphia opticians and optical instrument makers. Walmsley was in charge of the optics department, Fox was in charge of mathematical instruments, and Cheyney was in charge of "philosophical" instruments, i.e. those used in the investigation of natural history. He left the company in 1875 to go into business for himself. Apparently he was also a mineral collector, as evidenced by specimens of his in the collection of his alma mater, Haverford College in Philadelphia. He died January 29, 1906, and is buried in the Friends Southwestern Burial Grounds in Delaware Co., Pennsylvania.

World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918.
U.S. Federal Census 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1910, 1920.
Catalogue of mathematical and engineering instruments and materials. Philadelphia : James W. Queen & Co. (1887).
A History of Haverford College (1892)
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