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John O. Deshong, Jr.


John O. Deshong, Jr.

(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

John Odenheimer Deshong, Jr. (June 6, 1881, to November 1, 1895), son of John O. and Emmeline L. (Terrill) Deshong, was born in Chester, April 30, 1841. He was educated partly in the schools in the borough, graduating from the Central High School in Philadelphia. He was a man of varied accomplishments and a factor in the financial world. He was a member of Chester school board from 1864 to 1867.

In 1865, he was a member of the executive committee of the Chester Union League, and secretary and treasurer of the Chester Gas Company, serving as such until 1892, when he declined re-election to the offices. In 1868, he was elected a member of the Council of the City of Chester, representing the old North ward and was re-elected in 1872 and again in 1875, covering a period of ten years, when he declined re-election, although he was tendered the nomination. He died, November 1, 1895, aged 54 years. 

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