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James Garrett McCollin


James Garrett McCollin

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

James Garrett McCollin (fourth cashier, from August 10, 1853, to August 13, 1860), son of Thomas and Sarah (Garrett) McCollin, was born at Philadelphia, September 3, 1824. He was educated at the Central High School, in that city, was a member of the class of 1842, the first to graduate from that institution, and later received the degree of A. M. While a lad of seventeen and still attending school, he was appointed to a clerkship in the office of the trustees of the Philadelphia Gas Works and assigned to duties in hours that did not interfere with his preparation for graduation. In 1846, he was elected to a clerkship in the Bank of Pennsylvania, and for a number of years was its discount clerk. In 1853, he was elected cashier of The Bank of Delaware County and removed to Chester, where he resided until the summer of 1860, when he resigned and engaged in farming, locating on a plantation on the Lancaster turnpike, three miles above the Paoli Tavern in the great valley of Chester county. In 1867, he became bookkeeper and cashier for the firm of William Sellers & Company, of Philadelphia. In 1883, he was elected secretary of the Mine Hill and Schuylkill Haven Railroad Company, an office which he held until his death. 





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