William Cameron Sproul Edit Profile
Bachelor of Science, Swarthmore, 1891. Doctor of Laws, Franklin and Marshall, 1912, Gettysburg, 1918. University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Lafayette, Pennsylvania Military College, Swarthmore, 1919, Allegheny and Grove City, 1920.
Farmer, manufacturer, journalist. President Chester Daily Times, and Morning Republican, Chester. Organizer and president Seaboard Steel Casting Company (now owned by American Locomotive Company), Chester.
Organizer and chairman General Refractories Company, with 15 plants in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Illinois. Also Lebanon Iron Company, Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley R.R. Organized and developed numerous railroads, mining, traction and power enterprises in West Virginia.
Actively interested in many banks. Elected to Pennsylvania Senate, 1896, and reëlected 5 times, continuous service of 22 years. President pro tem. of Senate, 1903-1905.
Elected governor of Pennsylvania by plurality of 245,000, term 1919-1923. Received unanimous vote of State and other scattering votes through 7 ballots for nomination for president of the United States, at Republican National Convention, 1920. “Father of good roads in Pennsylvania” Trustee Swarthmore College, Mercersburg Academy.
Mason, Elk.; Member Friends Church Owns nearly 2,000 acres of orchards in Pennsylvania.
Married Emeline Wallace Roach, January 21, 1892. Children: Dorothy (Mistress.