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Preston Eyre


Preston Eyre

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

Preston Eyre was a member of the first board of directors of the bank at its organization, on August 27, 1814. On September 5, be was appointed cashier "pro tempore," and November 28 of the same year was regularly elected to that office. He held the position twenty years, resigning it December 11, 1834. He was a son of Isaac and Ann (Preston) Eyre, and was born in Chester borough February 17, 1774. He was a merchant and conducted a general store at what is now number 23 West Third street. His house was fitted up for the temporary use of the institution while the first bank building at Market Square was in course of erection. He was one of the persons named as Commissioner for Delaware county in the Act of 1814, incorporating a number of banks. He was County Commissioner from 1811 to 1815, and in 1835 was one of the originators of the Delaware County Mutual Safety Insurance Company. After his resignation as cashier, although he was sixty-one years of age, the whole of which time he had been a resident of the Borough of Chester, he became so impressed with the promises of the West, that in 1836 he emigrated with his family to Illinois, where he had purchased lands, but subsequently located permanently at Dubuque, Iowa. In 1857, when 83 years old and after an absence of twenty years, he visited Chester.

Preston Eyre died at Dubuque, Iowa, April 18, 1859, aged 85 years. 





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