David E. Small

December 3, 1824 to March 25, 1883

Small, born in York, was engaged in his father’s lumber business in 1845 under the name of H. Small and Son. Later, he was a partner in the car manufacturing business under the firm of Billmeyer and Small. He was president of first National Bank for 11 years, a stockholder in Pennsylvania Railroad, president of York Gas Company, director of Lochiel and Wrightsville Iron Companies, a trustee with the York County Academy, the Collegiate Institute, the Children’s Home and York Hospital. He was active in formation of York and Peach Bottom Railway, the first president of YMCA, and supported students at Lincoln University. He had an African American chapter of the GAR named after him.