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George Howard Earle


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Attended Harvard. Studied law and admitted to the bar. Member of Earle and White. Married Catharine Hansell French December 12, 1881. They had ten children including George Howard Earle III (1890-1974) governor of Pennsylvania 1935 to 1939. Defeated in election for mayor in 1911. He gained a reputation for buying failing financial institutions and restoring them to financial health. Vice president of Guarantee Trust and Safe Deposit Company of Philadelphia, vice president of Market Street National Bank and Tradesmens National Bank. President of Finance Company of Philadelphia and Real Estate Trust Company. He served as a Pennsylvania commissioner for the St. Louis Exposition.

He served on the Assay Commission for 1906. The Earle collection was sold at auction by Henry Chapman June 25, 1912. The catalog is considered one of the best for its time. The total for the sale of $55,821.63 was a new record at the time.

The sale included strong colonials, patterns, Gobrecht dollars and U. S. gold. There were 7 1793 Chain cents and 13 1793 Wreath cents. There were Confederate cents in copper, nickel and silver. A Kellogg & Company $50 realized $1100. A Silver Currency Dollar realized $2200. The 1798 half eagle with small eagle reverse realized $3000.

He died at home in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

bio: EAB (port); Who's Who in Pennsylvania (1904); WWWA-1

obit: NUM 47 May 1934 page 325

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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