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Alexander Brooke Geary (1870 – 1952) was a lawyer with offices in the city of Chester. He was born i…

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Alexander Brooke Geary (1870 – 1952) was a lawyer with offices in the city of Chester. He was born in Nether Providence Township and educated in the Township’s public schools until he was 14 years old. He worked on a farm until he was seventeen and then in the Baldwin Locomotive Works until he entered the law office of Oliver B. Dickenson of Chester in 1892. He was admitted to the bar of Delaware County in 1894. Soon after, he opened his own general practice law office. He was a member of the Philadelphia bar, the Supreme and Superior Courts of Pennsylvania and the United States Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He was elected school director for Nether Providence Township in 1899 and served for three years. A 1914 biography describes him as “the moving spirit in the organization of” the Furness Library. A democrat, Mr. Geary was elected county solicitor in January 1909. He focused attention on the salaries of County officials, insisting that they not be paid more than the law prescribed, thereby saving tax money. This raised the ire of the County bosses who brought pressure to bear upon the County Commissioners to dismiss Geary from office at the end of the year.

Mr. Geary’s parents were George Geary, born 1827 in Philadelphia, and Susannah Armstrong, a native of Ireland. George Geary was a farm laborer and worked in an axe factory. He purchased property in Nether Providence in 1868 and lived there until his death. George and Susannah Geary had twelve children.

Alexander B. Geary married Eleanor J. Wilson of Chester in May of 1902. The daughter of Joseph Osgood Wilson and Isabel Cornog, Mrs. Geary was educated in Chester public schools and graduated from Pierce Business School. She studied law with George M. Booth of Chester and was admitted to the Delaware County bar in 1898. Following her marriage, Mrs. Geary left the practice of law and became involved in several civic organizations. When first married, the couple lived in Chester until moving to a new house on ten acres in Nether Providence. The Gearys had two children; Eleanor and Alexander and were members of the Wallingford Presbyterian Church. Mr. Geary was a founding member of the South Media Fire Company. (John W. Jordan, LL.D., A History of Delaware County and Its People, Volume II, (New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1914), 605-607.) (http://www.southmediafire.com/our-history.php)

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Alexander Brooke Greary
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