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William S. Blakeley


William S. Blakeley

(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

William S. Blakeley (April 21, 1881-1885, when he declined re-election), son of Abraham and Maria A. (Miles) Blakeley, was born in Knowlton, Delaware county, March 28, 1853. He was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Military College, class of 1872. On June 1, 1874, he was admitted to the firm of A. Blakeley & Sons, which, in 1885, was incorporated under the title, Arasapha Manufacturing Company, in which he filled the office of treasurer. In 1881, he was one of the organizers of the Lincoln Manufacturing Company, and was its treasurer and general manager until 1889, when having disposed of his interests, he retired from its management.

In 1892, he was one of the organizers of the Standard Spinning Company, holding at different times the offices of treasurer and president, and had general direction of its affairs for a period of ten years, when, in 1902, having disposed of his interests in the corporation, he retired from its management. Mr. Blakeley was elected a director of the Chester National Bank in 1888. He was one of the directors of the Cambridge Trust Company, and was also a member of the board of trustees of Madison Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Chester.

In 1895, he was elected a member of Common Council from the First ward, and re-elected in 1897, after which he declined to be a candidate for renomination.

While Mr. Blakeley was a director of The Delaware County National Bank, he was one of the committee charged with the erection of the new banking house of the institution. He died July 20, 1914, aged 61 years.

 

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