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Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith

(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

Hon. Thomas Smith (1832), only son of William and Rebecca (Kiedermark) Smith, was born on Tinicum Island, in 1773, in the old mansion erected in 1643 by Col. John Printz, the first Swedish Governor, which building is known in the annals of the State as "Printz Hall." At the time of his death, Thomas Smith was regarded as one of the wealthiest men in Delaware county. In 1804, he was appointed County Auditor by the Court, and from 1809 to and including 1812, he was a Representative in the Legislature, during which time he was one of "the four lonely Federalists" in that body. He was earnestly opposed to the second war with England, and was chairman of the county meeting of Federalists held at Isaac Cochran's tavern (the Rose Tree), in Upper Providence, August 8, 1812, when resolutions denouncing Congress for declaring war against Great Britain were adopted. In 1835, he was one of the organizers of the Delaware County Insurance Company (now the Delaware Insurance Company, of Philadelphia). He represented this district in Congress in 1815-17. Thomas Smith died in Darby borough, January 28,1846, aged 73 years.





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