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Francis Martin Drexell, founder of the Philadelphia banking house, killed in railroad accident

Francis Martin Drexell, self-portrait, circa 1825, detail
06/05/1863
Francis Drexel, the seventy-year old retired founder of the powerful Philadelphia banking house, was returning to Philadelphia from a business trip to Pottsville when he fell beneath the wheels of the railroad car as he got down onto the platform.  His leg was severed and he died at his home later that night.  Born in Austria and trained as a portrait painter, Drexell's sons were carrying on the family business.  One son founded Drexell University and another was the father of Saint Katharine Drexell.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"A Well Known Philadelphia Banker Killed," Chicago Tribune, June 10, 1863, p. 2. 

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