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William Irwin Schaffer
(A biographical sketch taken from One Hundred Years, The Delaware County National Bank Chester, PA 1814-1914)
Irwin Schaffer (1903), son of George A. and Mary H. (Irwin) Schaffer, was
born in Germantown, February 11, 1867. He was educated in the public
schools of Chester, read law in the office of William B. Broomall, Esq.,
and was admitted to the Bar of Delaware county February 11, 1888, since
which time he has been in continuous successful practice of his
profession. As an advocate he stands in the front rank; as a political
platform speaker he has attained State-wide reputation, and is constantly
in demand in other Commonwealths during Presidential campaigns. He was
elected District Attorney of Delaware county in 1893, and re-elected in
1896, serving in that office six years. Mr. Schaffer has been engaged in
many of the leading civil and criminal cases in this district. Governor
Stone, March 21, 1900, appointed him State Reporter for the Supreme and
Superior Courts of Pennsylvania, an office he still retains.
In 1914, upon the appointment of Oliver B. Dickinson to the Federal
Bench, Mr. Schaffer became solicitor for The Delaware County National
Bank. He was one of the counsel for the defense in what is known as the
"Capitol Graft" case.
is a member of the Union League, of Philadelphia, the Harrisburg Club, Penn
Club, and Chester Club.
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