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Caleb Emlen


 Caleb Emlen

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One Hundred Years, The Delaware County Nation Bank Chester, PA 1814-1914

Caleb Emlen

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

Caleb Emlen (sixth cashier of The Bank of Delaware County, March 24,1864, to November 14,1864. First cashier of The Delaware County National Bank, May 14, 1864, to February, 1874), son of Dr. Samuel and Beulah (Valentine) Emlen, was born in Philadelphia, August 20, 1824. He was educated at the Westtown Boarding School, in Chester county, and early in life embarked very successfully in the milling business in Maryland until his plant and its contents were wholly destroyed by fire. On September 6, 1860, Caleb Emlen was elected receiving teller of The Bank of Delaware County, and on March 24, 1864, was elected cashier, succeeding William Taylor, resigned. May14, 1864, Mr. Emlen was elected cashier of The Delaware County National Bank, whereupon he tendered his resignation as cashier of The Bank of Delaware County, but it was not accepted until November 14, of that year, when the old corporation practically ceased to exist, except for the purpose of winding up its affairs finally. In February, 1874, he resigned his position in the bank. For a time he acted as an expert bookkeeper, but his health failing, he located in Florida; later he returned to Maryland, and subsequently to Chester, where he died March 20, 1895, aged 70 years and 7 months. In 1864-67, Caleb Emlen was a member of the school board of the City of Chester. 

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