text: seven walking tours through historic Philadelphia

Bonaparte House

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Proceed to 9th Street, turn right, and proceed to 260 South 9th, the Bonaparte House. There will always be something extremely appealing and romantic about this dwelling because Joseph (1768-1844), elder brother of Napoleon and deposed king of Naples (1806-08), and of Spain (1803-13) lived here. When Joseph reached Philadelphia in September, 1815, after Waterloo, he was known as the Comte de Survilliers. On his way from New York to Washington to call on President James Madison, he stopped over in Philadelphia. The cautious Madison feared diplomatic repercussions and discouraged his arrival in the capital, so Joseph, with the help of the French immigrant Stephen Girard, made what arrangements he could in Philadelphia.

Washington Square and West