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(A biographical sketch taken from One Hundred Years, The Delaware County National Bank Chester, PA 1814-1914)
Joseph Engle (1814-24, 1848-49, 1853-54), son of Frederick A. and Abigail
(Vernon) Engle, was born in Nether Providence, January 10, 1770. By
occupation he was a farmer, and for many years a leading figure in the
political history of the county. In 1806, he was elected County
Commissioner, a position he again filled from 1822-24. May 24, 1809, he
was commissioned Prothonotary, Recorder and Clerk of the Courts, to which
office he was again commissioned January 14, 1812, and for the third time
December 20, 1814.
the war of 1812, he was active in outfitting the volunteers from this
county, pledging his personal credit for arms that the State furnished
through the military organization in this section. In 1824, he was one of
the committee of five designated by Delaware county to receive the Marquis
de Lafayette. He was a member of the Legislature in 1826, 1827, and in
1828 was appointed by Governor Schultz Associate Judge to the place made
vacant by the resignation of Major William Anderson.
Porter, January 26, 1842, recommissioned Joseph Engle a judge. His
nomination to the bench had been made by the Governor a year before, but
as the judge had been presented at the December Court, 1840, for
occasioning a disturbance at the polls at the heated Presidential election
of that year, the Senate did not act on Engle's nomination. At the
February Court, the whole prosecution failed. William Eves, Isaac Lloyd
and James McLaren memorialized the Senate in opposition to the
confirmation of Engle, but without effect at the session of 1841-2. The
Judge, after the presentment failed, exercised the judicial functions. He
served on the bench for nearly twenty years. In 1851, when the office
became elective, his age forbade him being a candidate before the people.
Engle street, Chester, is named in his honor.
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