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George Washington Bartram


George Washington Bartram

(A biographical sketch taken from One Hundred Years, The Delaware County National Bank Chester, PA 1814-1914)

Years in parentheses are years of service as a Director of The Bank of Delaware County and/or The Delaware County National Bank

George Washington Bartram (1851-52), son of Moses and Elizabeth (Budd) Bartram, and grandson of John Bartram, the noted Colonial botanist, was born in Philadelphia, November 17, 1784. He was a druggist, and in 1815 was one of the Aldermen of the city of Philadelphia. Removing to Chester in 1817, he opened a drug store on Third then James) street, in the building which formerly stood where is now the Colonnade Hotel. Shortly after, he was appointed Inspector of Customs at Chester, and later served in a like capacity at the Lazaretto, on Tinicum Island. In 1824, he was commissioned Justice of the Peace, a position he filled at the time of his death, an uninterrupted tenure of official service of twenty-eight years.

In 1828, he was appointed Notary Public, and re-appointed in 1844, succeeding Peter Deshong as notary of the bank. He was elected Chief Burgess of Chester in 1835 and re-elected in 1851. He was one of the charter members of Chester Lodge, No. 236, F. & A. M. and its first Worshipful Master. George W. Bartram Lodge, No. 298, instituted at Media in 1855, is named in his honor. He was a vestryman of St. Paul's Church; was one of the organizers of the Bible Society of Delaware County, and served for many years as its secretary. On May 26, 1853, he was the orator at the laying of the corner stone of the Leiperville Lodge, No. 263, I. O. O. F. building, at Broad and Crosby streets. George W. Bartram died July 5, 1853, aged 68 years. 
 

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