GEORGE WILLIAM FENNELL - From the year of the establishment of The Bronx National Bank of the city of New York,
George William Fennell, president of the bank, has been associated with its immediate activities, securing its
fundamental interests in The Bronx, and making it an indispensable financial institution for this particular section
of the city and of the State. The life of this bank andits flourishing vitality todav is due in a very large measure
to the personal interest and effort of President Fennell in furthering its well founded financial projects. Mr.
Fennell is a son of George and Fredericka (Gronert) Fennell, both natives of New York City, and both now deceased;
George Fennell for many years conducted a furniture store at the corner of Grand Street and Third Avenue; and he
also carried on building operations in New York City.
George William Fennell was born April 4, 1878, in New York City, where he attended the public schools, afterwards
graduating from the Business Institute. He began his business career in the employ of H. B. Claflin, with whom
he remained six months, when he joined his father in the building business in New York City. He continued with
his father two years, when he decided to accept a position with the Standard Oil Company, and he remained with
the fuel and road oil department of that company three years; and his father then assisted him in establishing,
in 1901, George Fennell & Company, of Mount Vernon, a business that has continued to prosper.
In 1907, Mr. Fennell, in association with A. J. Shamberg, Fred A. Wurzbach, George N. Reinhardt, and Theodore J.
Chabot, established The Bronx National Bank of the City of New York with the election of Mr. Reinhardt as the first
president. From the beginning this bank has met with prosperity, having become one of the leading banks in The
Bronx. In 1924, Mr. Fennell was elected president and his personality has been the means of securing additional
business for this institution, thus placing it in the front rank in The Bronx. Few men have been gifted with greater
abilities in the banking business. He is also the senior member of the firm of George Fennell & Company, furniture
dealers, at Nos. 2929-2933 Third Avenue, and the store at No. 2259 Third Avenue. He is president of The Associated
Retail Furniture Dealers of New York, also of Harlem Board of Commerce, and is a member of the Board of Managers
of The New York Bible Society.
Fraternally, Mr. Fennell is affiliated with Architect Lodge, No. 519, Free and Accepted Masons; with Mount Vernon
Lodge, No. 842, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of which he is a charter member; a member of The Rotary
Club; and of Golden. Rod Lodge, Royal Arcanum; and he is also a member of The Bronx Board of Trade, New York Athletic
Club, Manhattan Club, New York Fishing Clubs, Schnorer Club of The Bronx, Westchester Biltmore Club and the Wingfoot
Golf Club. He is a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Seventy third Street and Madison Avenue, of New York; and
he is president of the Church Council and its board of trustees.
George William Fennell married, October 30, 1911, Elinore Critchley, a native of Toronto, daughter of John Critchley,
deceased, who was born in Canada. Mr. Critchley was superintendent of the Board of Education of Toronto, Canada.
Their children are: George Fennell, Jr., born November 19. 1913; and Orville G. Fennell, born January 20, 1915.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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