text: seven walking tours through historic Philadelphia

Thaddeus Kosciuszko House

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On the northwest corner of 3rd and Pine Streets sits the house which was for a time was the home of Thaddeus Kosciuszko (1746-1817), the Polish patriot who fought for the American cause during the Revolution. One of his first duties upon arrival was helping fortify the city against the British fleet's expected attack.

The house has a double history: it was also the birthplace of Colonel John Nixon (1733-1808), who first read the Declaration of Independence publicly in the State House Yard on July 8, 1776. An ancestor of President Richard Nixon, John Nixon he was a soldier in both the French and Indian War and the Revolution in addition to being a sheriff in Philadelphia.

Diagonally across the street stands St. Peter's Church

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