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Joseph Howard Roop
(A biographical sketch taken from One Hundred Years, The Delaware County National Bank Chester, PA 1814-1914)
Joseph Howard Roop (June 7, 1886 - -; sixth president of The Delaware County National Bank), son of Horatio and Elizabeth Yard (Ashton) Roop, was born in Germantown, August 20, 1849. He graduated from Central High School, Philadelphia, and for several years was the representative of large business enterprises in that city, an occupation which required him to travel extensively in various sections of the United States. December 12, 1870, he was elected to a clerkship in The Delaware County National Bank, was promoted to receiving teller; February 16, 1874, was unanimously elected cashier, succeeding Caleb Emlen in that position, and, May 31, 1886, was chosen president of the institution, succeeding to the office made vacant by the death of Elwood Tyson. Mr. Roop has been associated with The Delaware County National Bank, advancing from clerk to president, forty-four years, the longest period in all its history, and is in his twenty-ninth year as president of the bank, which is the longest term of presidential service in the annals of the institution.
For years he was secretary and treasurer of the Chester Gas Company, now its president, and is one of the executors and trustees of the J. Lewis Crozer estate. Mr. Roop is treasurer of the board of trustees of the
Young Men's Christian Association, and also of the board of trustees of the
Young Women's Christian Association of Chester.
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