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History Within Hatboro, PA

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The personal injury attorneys in Hatboro, PA, sponsor this article to present a historical excerpt about the borough.

Hatboro is a borough in the Montogomery County of Pennsylvania. Hatboro, commonly known as "the Boro," is a small municipality that Upper Moreland Township surrounds Montgomery County to the west, south, and east; and Warminster Township in Bucks County to the north. The area spans 1.42 square miles and is located within ZIP code 19040.


The town of Hatboro was founded when the first land titles in the town were issued in 1711. However, the town of Hartboro's land was purchased from William Penn, founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, by the family of Nicholas More around 1705.

Between 1715 and1719, the original construction of the town occurred by early residents. Early settlement in Hatboro mainly occurred in the Crooked Billet area east of York Road, between Moreland Avenue and Byberry Road.

An early resident of Hatboro, who went by the name of John Dawson, entertained guests at the Crooked Billet Inn and manufactured a line of hats. The inn was a staple in the community at the time, and residents took a liking to Dawson and his hat business.

When the post office opened in 1809, the town was officially called Hatborough, and U.S. Postmaster General John Wanamaker officially changed the town's name in the 1880s to Hatboro.

Historic Events

Home to Hatboro is The Union Library Company of Hatboro, the third library company founded in Pennsylvania. The Union Library Company was founded in 1755 and is the third oldest library in Pennsylvania. The building was built in the Greek Revival style in 1851 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The building still stands on its original site today and still functions as a public library.

In 1777, George Washington and his troops passed through Hatboro several times in pursuit of British troops. In 1778, the Battle of Crooked Billet was fought.

The battle was in the Philadelphia campaign of the American Revolutionary War. Fought on May 1, 1778, near the Crooked Billet Tavern, which is present-day Hatboro, Pennsylvania, the British forces under the command of Major John Graves Simcoe launched a surprise attack against Brigadier General John Lacey and three regiments of Pennsylvania militia. The militia was caught sleeping, and the British were able to inflict significant damage.

The Battle of Crooked Bill is commemorated by the Battle of Crooked Hill monument located in Hatboro.

Notable Persons

  • Jill Biden — First Lady of the United States (2021-present)
  • Roy Cornell — Representative for Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 152 from 1979 until he died in 2004.
  • Susan Cornell — Daughter of Roy Cornell and Representative for Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 152 from 2004 to 2006.
  • Isaac Newton Evans — U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district from 1883 to 1887.
  • Nancy Guenst — Representative for Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 152 from 2020 to present, Mayor of Hatboro from 2018 to 2020
  • Tom Murt — Representative for Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 152 from 2007 to 2020.
  • Kurt Volker – Diplomat and U.S. Ambassador to NATO

With such a rich history, it is no surprise that the borough of Hatboro has been home to so many notable people. If you're looking to visit or reside in an area with great history, then look no further than Hatboro, Pennsylvania.

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David Petrone
Date Published: May 7, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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