- From the Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 Dec 1905, page 2:
PHILIP C. GARRETT'S CAREER IS ENDED
Death Claims Distinguished Financier, Philanthropist and Citizen
Was Chairman of Famous Committee of One Hundred?Prominent in City's Business Life
Philip C. Garrett, the eminent financier, philanthropist and public-spirited citizen, who died on Saturday at his residence, on the Old York road, will be buried on Wednesday. The funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock in the afternoon in the Friends' Meeting House, on Coulter street, Germantown. Interment will be made in the cemetery adjoining the meeting house.
Mr. Garrett had been confined to his home for more than a year, a sufferer from diabetes. He was 71 years old. He was descended from two Quaker families who traced their ancestry back to the days of William Penn. He was educated at Friends' School and Haverford College. In 1854 he formed a partnership with Richard D. Wood, as Wood & Barrett, manufacturers of cotton goods. In 1873 the firm became Philip C. Garrett & Co.
Five years later he became actively interested in philanthropic and financial institutions. He was director of the Provident Life and Trust Company, the Germantown Savings Fund, the Mortgage Trust Company of Pennsylvania, the York Haven Paper Company and the Mine Hill Railroad. He was chairman of the Committee of One Hundred from 1881 to 1883. He was offered the independent Republican nomination for Governor in the campaign which elected Pattison for the first term, but he refused to be a candidate.
He was a member and president of the State Board of Public Charities and president of the State Lunacy Commission. President Harrison appointed him on the Board of Indian Commissioners, and Secretary Hoke Smith appointed him a special commissioner to the Seneca Indians in 1885. Later, Mr. Garrett served as president of the Indian Rights Association. He was president of the National Conference of Charities at Washington in 1885. Again, in 1898, he was president of the Mohonk National Indian Conference, and in 1900 Governor Roosevelt appointed him a member of the Commission on New York Indians.
He was president of the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College; was for many years a manager of Haverford College, from which he was graduated in 1851; served as president of the Public Education Association and of the Sub-Primary Society. He was a member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Academy of Natural Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He was vice president of the Peace Association of Friends and of the American Peace Society.
In 1865 Mr. Garrett married Elizabeth W. Cope, who with their daughter, Miss Frances Biddle Garrett, was at his bedside when death came. A son, Alfred Cope Garrett, also survives.