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William Irwin Schaffer


William I Schaffer

Photograph from
One Hundred Years, The Delaware County Nation Bank Chester, PA 1814-1914

William Irwin Schaffer

(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

William 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.

He is a member of the Union League, of Philadelphia, the Harrisburg Club, Penn Club, and Chester Club.

 

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