Daniel Groves, the son of bricklayer Michael and Margaret Groves, was born August 21, 1773, in Philadelphia. The Northern Liberties native apprenticed and became a bricklayer, stone-mason, and architect. Daniel was a close friend of builders William Strickland and John Struthers, the trio responsible for some of the best examples of Philadelphia’s Greek-Revival architecture. Groves was also the bricklayer and key contributor to the construction of the US Mint extension in Philadelphia, the United States Bank (now the old Custom House), and provided the labor and supervision on the Mechanics’ National Bank, of which he was later a director, 1814-1818. He represented the County of Philadelphia for four years in the state Senate, 1822-1826, served on the Board of Commissioners of Northern Liberties, and helped organize the Northern Liberties Fire Co. He married Elizabeth Stuckert and died on December 26, 1846.