PPF Degrand

Peter Paul Francis Degrand (1787-1855) or PPF Degrand was a French-born broker and merchant in Boston , Massachusetts , in the 19th-century.

Degrand was born in Marseilles , France, and moved to Boston around 1803. [1] He was involved with the Boston Stock Exchange and the railroad; [2] [3] and published the Boston Weekly Report in the 1820s, [4] employing Edgar Allan Poe as a reporter. [5] Degrand lived on Pinckney Street in Beacon Hill . [6] Friends included John Quincy Adams . [7] He died on December 23, 1855 [1] and was buried in Forest Hills Cemetery . [8]Degrand bequeathed $ 120,000 to charity, a large part of the acquisition of French-language scientific texts for Harvard University . [1]


  1. ^ Jump up to:c Ammidown Holmes (1877). Historical Collections . Charlton, Mass .: Author.
  2. Jump up^ Clarence W. Barron (1893), The Boston Stock Exchange , Boston: Hunt & Bell, OCLC  4355517
  3. Jump up^ Edward C. Kirkland. “The ‘Railroad Scheme’ of Massachusetts.” Journal of Economic History, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Nov., 1945)
  4. Jump up^ Library of Congress. Boston Weekly Report.
  5. Jump up^ Edgar Allan Poe (1969), Collected works of Edgar Allan Poe , Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, ISBN  0-674-13935-6 , 0674139356
  6. Jump up^ House at No.105 Pinckney Street; Offices kept successively on Broad St., State St., and Congress St. Boston Directory. 1823, 1832, 1848, 1851.
  7. Jump up^ Adams, Henry (1918), Henry Adams Education , Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, OCLC  421061
  8. Jump up^ “Deaths.” New England Historical and Genealogical Register, v.10, no.2, April 1856

Further reading

By Degrand

  • PPF Degrand’s Boston Weekly Report of Public Sales and of Arrivals. Boston: 1819-1828
  • Proceedings of the Friends of a National Bank , at their public meeting, held in Boston, July 15, 1841: Including an address to the people of the United States: showing that, to give healthful action, to the vital functions of the constitution of the United States, a national bank (not a government), is indispensable. Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, 1841
  • Proceedings of the friends of a rail-road to San Francisco at their public meeting, held at the US Hotel, Boston, April 19, 1849. Including an address to the people of the United States; Showing that, PPF Degrand’s plan is the only one, as yet proposed, which will be secure promptly and certainly, and by a single act of legislation, the construction of a railroad to California, in the shortest time allowed by its physical obstacles. (3rd ed.), Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, 1849

About Degrand

  • Historical memoir of the western railroad , Springfield, Mass .: S. Bowles & company, printers, 1863, OCLC  1060210

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