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Abraham Pennell


Abraham Pennell

(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

Abraham Pennell (1852-54 58-60), son of Joseph and Mary (Yarnall) Pennell, was born in Middletown, September 26, 1802. He was a wealthy farmer. One of his plantations near Lima he sold in 1855 to the County of Delaware, upon which, the following year, was erected the House of Employment, familiarly termed the Poor House. He was a director, in 1834, of the first school board elected in the township, and in 1852 elected a Director of the Poor. The same year he was a director of the West Chester and Philadelphia Railroad. He was an active advocate for the proposed locating of a branch office of The Bank of Delaware County at Media, in 1855, and was one of the committee who visited Harrisburg in the interest of legislation to that end. In 1867, he removed to West Chester, where he died August 23, 1874, aged 71 years.

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