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Wesley Chambers    

WESLEY CHAMBERS, oil producer, was born in Harbor Creek township, Erie county, Pennsylvania, September 13, 1829, son of David and Mabel (Nash) Chambers. He received his education in the common schools of Erie county and at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania. In 1852 he emigrated to California and experienced the anxieties incident to mining life until 1860, when he settled in Tidioute, Warren county, this state, and in the summer of 1861 be located at Rouseville, this county, and for sometime was employed at teaming and boating oil to Oil City and Pittsburgh. In 1864 he began active operation in the production of oil, which he continues up to the present time, being interested in wells in Warren, McKean, Clarion, and Venango counties. In times past he has operated in Armstrong and Butler counties, and at Parker’s Landing, and is well and favorably known over the entire region of the Pennsylvania oil fields. In 1875 he organized the Bradford Oil Company and was its first president. He also organized the Euray Mining Company of Colorado in 1877, with which he was connected until a few months ago. He was auditor of Cornplanter township and merited the confidence and respect of every citizen therein, through his efficient method of straightening up the business of that township, which was in a loose shape before the beginning of his term. He was tendered and declined the nomination for congress and for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania by the Greenback party, to which he adheres. In 1860 he was married to Cordelia J. Bonnell of his native township, by whom he has three children: Fred N., a hardware merchant of Oil City; Anna L., and George D. He and his wife are active in the interest of the Methodist Episcopal church.

History of Venango County, Pennsylvania : its past and present, including its aboriginal history, the French and British occupation of the country, its early settlement and subsequent growth, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its rich oil deposits and their development, sketches of its cities, boroughs, townships, and villages, neighborhood and family history, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc., etc.
Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1890, pages 899-900. 
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