LEROY L. KELSEY - In the various grades of employ in banking institutions up to that of his present position
as manager of the Kingsbridge Road Branch of the Corn Exchange Bank of New York City, LeRoy L. Kelsey has been
actively instrumental in the financial progress of The Bronx, his association throughout his career with a number
of the leading banks in this section of the State being such as to secure for him his merited position in this
important branch, which in 1926 occupied its new building. With the new foundation thus laid, Mr. Kelsey is also
a factor in a yet broader scope of activity for finance in The Bronx, where he possesses the high regard of the
The earliest of the name Kelsey in America was William Kelsey, who came to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1632. He
removed to Hartford, Connecticut, and about 1663 became one of the founders of Killingsworth, Connecticut. The
Kelseys claim as their English ancestor William Kelsey of Bipley, Surrey County, England, who was born about 1300,
and who married, in the time of Edward III, Ivlaud Willoughby, the daughter and heiress of Sir William Willoughby.
LeRoy L. Kelsey was born December 11, 1892, in New Haven, Connecticut, a son of Herbert C. and Mary D. Kelsey,
the former in the employ of the New York, New Haven Hartford Railroad Company. When he was four years old his parents
removed with him to The Bronx. Here he attended the grade and high schools; and in 1908 began his financial career
in the employ of The Bronx National Bank, later joining the office force of the Federal Reserve Bank. He soon afterward
became associated with the Fordharn branch of the Corn Exchange Bank as note teller; and on August 18, 1924, he
was appointed manager of the Kingsbridge Road branch of that bank, whose rapid growth necessitated the construction
of the present building. completed in February, 1926. During the World War, Mr. Kelsey was a radio observer in
the United States Naval Air Service, being stationed at Chatham, Massachusetts, patrolling all the coast near Boston.
He is a member of Unity Council, Knights of Columbus; the American Legion, and the Young Men's Christian Association.
He is a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Angels, The Bronx.
LeRoy L. Kelsey married, February 1, 1919, in New York City, Caroline Hecht, daughter of Charles and Caroline Hecht.
They are the parents of a son, William Lawrence Kelsey, born October 23, 1925.
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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