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Bankruptcy arrest warrant, Portland, 1802

Contributed by Tate House Museum

In the 19th century, Portland merchants relied on barter and credit to make transactions. This system brought Captain George Tate's son, William, to financial ruin in 1802 when he received a warrant for his arrest. He fled to England a year later to avoid prison for a debt of nearly $5,000.



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  • Title: Bankruptcy arrest warrant, Portland, 1802
  • Creation Date: 1802
  • Subject Date: 1802
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 22.2 cm x 20.1 cm
  • Local Code: 2013.137
  • Object Type: Text

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Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774-6177
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