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William Hall Sproul

William Hall Sproul

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

William Hall Sproul

(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 Hall Sproul (1898 - -), son of James and Anne (Johnson) Sproul, was born in Sadsbury township, Lancaster county, November 6, 1837. On attaining his majority, he acquired a partnership in the iron works founded by his father. Subsequently he became largely interested in iron works in Michigan; in 1874, he removed to the City of Negaunee, in that state. While in Michigan, he represented, for some years, the City of Negaunee in the Board of Supervisors of Marquette county. In 1882, he returned to Lancaster county, and the following year, 1883, located in Chester, where he became connected with the Chester Rolling Mills.

In 1892, Mr. Sproul became a partner in the wholesale grocery firm of Sproul & Lewis, from which he withdrew in 1901. He was elected, in 1892, to Common Council, representing the Seventh ward, and was re-elected in 1894. At the expiration of his four years' service in that body, he refused to be again a candidate for re-election. In 1902, he was designated by the Councils the representative of the City of Chester in the Board of Wardens of the Port of Philadelphia, and upon the creation of the Board of Commissioners of Navigation of the Port of Philadelphia, became one of the five members of that important body, serving until increasing years led him to resign in 1914. In 1898, he was appointed a member of the Board of Park Commissioners, and served until that body was abolished by the new city law in 1913. Mr. Sproul is a director of the Chester Hospital and a trustee of the Second Presbyterian Church.






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