Francis R. Delano

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Francis R. Delano
Francis Ralph Delano

(1842-09-06)September 6, 1842
DiedApril 6, 1892(1892-04-06) (aged 49)
EducationKimball Union Academy
Dartmouth College
Hobart College
Alma materTrinity College
Harvard Law School
SpouseElizabeth Grant
RelativesSee Delano family

Francis Ralph Delano (September 6, 1842 – April 6, 1892) was an American banker and a member of the prominent Delano family.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Delano was born in Lockport, New York on September 6, 1842. He was the son of Barna Ladd Delano (1807–1877) and Lavinia Wood (née Ralph) Delano (1810–1866).[2]

His paternal grandparents were Barnabas Delano and Ruth (née Ladd) Delano. Delano is sometimes confused with an older relative, Francis Roach Delano of Massachusetts, who was the first warden of the Minnesota Territorial Prison (1853–1858), first General Superintendent of the St. Paul & Pacific Railway, and namesake of what is now the city of Delano in Wright County, Minnesota.[3]

Francis Delano studied at Kimball Union Academy (in Meriden, New Hampshire), Dartmouth College and Hobart College before graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1865.[2]


Almanac of the Merchants' Gargling Oil Company, 1886

Choosing a career in law, Delano attended Harvard Law School and received a degree in 1868 after which he was admitted to the bar of Massachusetts. In 1870, he moved to Niagara Falls, New York where he entered the banking business.[2]

In Niagara Falls, Delano was associated with Franklin Spaulding and Arthur Schoellkopf.[4]

Banking interests[edit]

Francis Delano acquired a one-third interest in the Cataract Bank in Niagara Falls and, in 1883, was made President of the bank.[5] He was also the first vice-president of Niagara County Savings Bank, established in 1891.[6]

His success in banking led to sizable investments in numerous other companies which made him a director of the International Hotel Company and President of the Merchants' Gargling Oil Company of Lockport, New York. In Niagara Falls, he was Treasurer of the Pettebone Paper Company,[7] the Niagara Falls Brewing Company, and the Niagara Falls Water-Works Company.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In Niagara Falls, he met and married Elizabeth Grant on October 19. 1871.[9] Together, they were the parents of one daughter, Nannette Roselle Delano (1875–1961),[2][10] who married Harry Otis Poole (1872–1933), a lawyer and Princeton University graduate, in 1903.[11][12][13]

Francis R. Delano died at the age of forty-nine in 1892 in Jacksonville, Florida.[1][14]


  1. ^ a b "Francis R. Delano of Niagara Falls, N. Y." The New York Times. 8 April 1892. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Dartmouth College Class of 1864 (1884). Memorialia. Dartmouth College. pp. 137–138. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. ^ Babcock, Willoughby M. "Minnesota's Frontier | A Neglected Sector of the Civil War" (PDF). Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  4. ^ Williams, Edward Theodore (1916). Niagara, Queen of Wonders: A Graphic History of the Big Events in Three Centuries Along the Niagara Frontier, One of the Most Famous Regions in the World, Including Early Explorations, Early Fascinating Literature, Early Wars, and the First and Greatest Electrical Power Development, a Discussion of and Data Pertaining to the Large Subject of the Conservation of Natural Resources, of Nation-wide Interest, Together with the Creation and the Development of the City of Niagara Falls. Chapple Publishing Company, Limited. p. 67. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  5. ^ Niagara River Hydraulic Tunnel, Power and Sewer Co (1886). Water-power at Niagara Falls to be Successfully Utilized... Matthews, Northrup & Company. p. 7. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  6. ^ Manning, James Hilton (1917). New York Volume. B. F. Buck. p. 27. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  7. ^ The Paper Maker. Paper Makers Chemical Corporation. 1932. p. 440. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  8. ^ The Water-power of the Falls of Niagara Applied to Manufacturing Purposes: The Hydraulic Tunnel of the Niagara Falls Power Company. Business Men's Association of Niagara Falls. 1890. p. 6. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  9. ^ Bulletin. New York State Safe Deposit Association. 1916. p. 1163. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  10. ^ Higgs, Norma (January 8, 2018). "Another local bank leaves the scene back in 1986". Niagara Gazette. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Harry Otis Poole and Nanette Roselle Delano United in Marriage by Rev. Dr. Converse". Democrat and Chronicle. September 23, 1903. p. 10. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  12. ^ Peck, William Farley (1908). History of Rochester and Monroe County, New York: From the Earliest Historic Times to the Beginning of 1907. Pioneer Publishing Company. p. 672. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  13. ^ Princeton University Class of 1893 (1908). The Quin-decennial Record of the Class of '93 of Princeton University. p. 30. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  14. ^ The Bankers Magazine and Statistical Register. Wm. Crosby. 1892. p. 913. Retrieved 23 January 2018.