Philadelphia, Inc.

On this day, the 11th of March, in 1789, the Representatives of the Freemen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in general assembly met and by the authority of the same, That the inhabitants of the city of Philadelphia as the same extends and is laid out
between the rivers Delaware and Schuylkill be and they and their successors forever are hereby constituted a corporation and body politic in fact and in law by the name and style of “The Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of Philadelphia,” and by the same name shall have perpetual succession and they and their successors shall at all times forever be able and capable in law to have, purchase, take, receive, possess and enjoy lands, tenements and hereditaments, liberties, franchises and jurisdictions, goods, chattels and effects to them and their successors forever or for any other orless estate and the same lands, tenements and hereditaments, goods, chattels and effects to grant, bargain, sell, alien and convey, mortgage, pledge, charge and encumber or demise and dispose of at their will and pleasure.

In short, Philadelphia was incorporated, under The Statutes at Large of Pennsylvania, Chapter M000XOIV.

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