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William Graham Flower

William Graham Flower

(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 Graham Flower (1834-39,1840, 43-44), son of Richard and Henrietta (Graham) Flower, was born at Chester Mills, now Upland, November 28, 1794. By occupation he was a miller, and conducted the noted Chester Mills from 1824 to '45, when they were sold to John P. Crozer, in settling Richard Flower's estate. During the great freshet of August 5, 1843, William G. Flower was in the meadow near his mills, when the flood rushed down in great waves, which were said to be four feet in height. He was carried into the old mill race, where, catching a grape vine as he was swept along, he drew himself into a tree top; no sooner had he clasped the branches when the tree was torn from the earth, and borne rapidly down the creek. For a time his life was in great peril from floating timber, trees and other debris that were whirled along on the flood. But finally he succeeded in grasping the branches of a still standing tree, and drew himself to a place of safety. Several hours later, when the flood had subsided in a measure, he was rescued. Although politically Mr. Flower was a Jeffersonian Democrat, in 1833, he took an active part in the Anti-Mason campaign; in the following year he acted as chairman of the county meeting, held August 26, 1833, at Chester. He was nominated on the Anti-Mason ticket for County Auditor, elected and served one term, but declined a renomination, refusing thereafter to be a candidate for any political office. William G. Flower died August 21, 1865, aged 69 years.





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