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John Graham Hoskins

John Graham Hoskins

(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 Graham Hoskins (1814-16), son of Raper and Eleanor (Graham) Hoskins, grandson of Henry Hale Graham, was born at Chester, in the dwelling afterward known as the Porter Mansion, October 10, 1786. When the son was twelve years old, his father fell a victim of the yellow fever scourge which visited Chester in the fall of 1798. Two years later, the widow sold the real estate and removed with her family to Philadelphia. John G. Hoskins learned the carpenter trade and became a prominent builder and contractor in that city. He resided on Filbert street, near Juniper, then a desirable residential art of Philadelphia for families in comfortable circumstances. A wealthy man and highly respected, one of his enjoyments in summer evenings was to romp with the youngsters of the neighborhood.

He was appointed superintendent for the building of the first banking house at Market Square, erected by The Bank of Delaware County, which was removed in 1882 to give place to the present imposing structure. On April 3, 1815, John G. Hoskins was appointed president pro tempore of the bank for a period of six months, to act in the absence of the president. In a copy of the Testaments printed in 1831 by The Bible Association of Friends in America, and now owned by a relative of Mr. Hoskins, in Philadelphia, appears the following: "Presented by the Bible Association of Friends in America to John G. Hoskins as an acknowledgment of his valuable and disinterested services in copying the whole of the marginal notes and references for their Royal Octavo Bible, and subsequently reading the proof sheets of the stereotypic plates, comparing the text with that of the celebrated Oxford edition of 1813."

John G. Hoskins died at Philadelphia, June 20, 1845, aged 58 years, 8 months and 10 days. In an obituary notice of Mr. Hoskins, which appeared in "The Friend," July 5, 1845, it is stated that he was a member and overseer of the Northern District Monthly Meeting, of Philadelphia; had frequently contributed articles to ‘The Friend’, and held several important stations in the Society. The speakers at his funeral based their remarks upon the text: 'Mark the perfect man and behold the upright.’”






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