GORGAS, William
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William L. Gorgas

 

GORGAS, William L., cashier of the Harrisburg National Bank and secretary and treasurer of the Harrisburg Trust Company, is worthy of mention and an extended notice along with the solid and able business men of the duty. The position he holds and the aptitude he has displayed for its requirements no less than his personal worth entitles him to be classified with the leaders in business. He was born in Cumberland county, Pa., June 23, 1848. That there were men of character preceding him in his ancestral line appears from a record made by his father, William R. Gorgas, who was born in Lower Allen township, Cumberland county, Pa. He was a farmer by occupation, and was both prominent and popular, taking an active part in public matters and especially those of a political character. That he was a man of more than ordinary intelligence and ability is shown by the fact of his repeated elevations to important offices. As the candidate of the Democratic party of Cumberland county he was elected to both branches of the State Legislature, in which he served several terms with honor and distinction. He removed to Harrisburg in 1877 and there made his residence until his death, which occurred December 3, 1892. Mr. Gorgas was a member of the Seventh Day Baptist church, of Ephrata, Lancaster county, Pa.

William L. Gorgas was educated in the common schools and in the Cumberland Valley Institute, Mechanicsburg, Pa., and as a result of his educational course, was qualified for teaching, which occupation he followed for several years. having some decided tastes for mechanical pursuits he became an apprentice to the machinistís trade in the works at Mullen, Cumberland county. But after a time he decided upon another and different career, in 1869 accepting the position of teller in the Second National Bank, of Mechanicsburg, which place he filled until 1873, when he was appointed clerk in the Harrisburg National Bank. In 1892 he was elected cashier of the bank in which he had so efficiently served as clerk and he is still performing the duties of this responsible position. When the Harrisburg Trust Company was organized in 1893 he participated in its organization and was elected secretary and treasurer of the company. He is also director of the Harrisburg Bridge Company and of the Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg Electric Railway Company, as well as on of the organizers and the president of the Capital City Shoe Manufacturing Company, and is treasurer of the Harrisburg City Railway Company, treasurer of the City Hospital and president t of the Camp Hill Cemetery Company. Mr. Gorgas has been somewhat active and prominent in political matters in connection with the Democratic party. In 1890 he was the candidate of his party for Congress and although his opponent, John W. Rife, was a popular man, he ran ahead of his ticket over tow thousand votes, though not quite enough to secure his election. Mr. Gorgas served five years as a member of select council and for three years was the president of that body. He is a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandery of the Masonic fraternity and for the past eight years has been district deputy grand master for Dauphin and a part of Northumberland counties, comprising eight lodges. His is also a charter member of the Knights of Honor. Mr. Gorgas is interested in historical matters and holds membership in the Dauphin County Historical Society and the Pennsylvania German Society.

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