His Life

Philip Mazzei was born on December 25, 1730 in Poggio a Caiano near Florence, Italy. Mazzei was a man of wide interests and talents, and his influence was felt both in America and across Europe where he travelled extensively. He was highly respected and regarded among prominent men from all walks of life. Throughout Virginia and Europe philosophers, merchants, businessmen, politicians, diplomats, presidents and noblemen all sought Mazzei’s friendship and advice. By the time of his death on March 19, 1816 in Pisa, Italy, Philip Mazzei had been a physician, merchant, horticulturalist, viticulturalist, pamphleteer, political activist, linguist, diplomatic agent, historian, and royal adviser.