John J McClure
Born in Chester on September 24, 1886; educated in public schools; Swarthmore Preparatory School, leaving the institution in 1907 to take care of his deceased father’s business interests. President of McClure & Co., Pennsylvania Paving Co., and Chester Materials Co. Vice President and director of the Consumers Ice and Coal Company; treasurer and director of Allison Steel Products Co.; director of the Cambridge Trust Co. and First National Bank of Chester. Boss of the Delaware County Republican organization from 1907 until his death in 1965. He died March 28, 1965. A major force in the Republican Party in Delaware County, building perhaps the strongest machine in Pennsylvania political history. A move to turn him out of office (1933 Rum Ring Trials) were voted down, and he actually ran successfully for another four year term in 1932. Three times married; three times divorced. Defeated by Republican Weldon Heyburn in 1936, who ran as a Democrat after losing to McClure in the district primary six months Previously. Heyburn returned to the Senate Republican camp after a year with the Democrats, while Philadelphia Democrat Shapiro, bolted from the Rs to the Ds.