Tuesday, 2 September 2008

John Sylvester Drum

John Sylvester Drum - President American Trust Company; President o/t American Bankers Association; Board Member Pacific Gas & Electric

-- The Vatican awards Knighthood in the Order of Malta to two San Franciscans, Transamerica Corporation President Amadeo Peter Giannini and American Trust Company President John S. Drum. The knighthood is the oldest and most distinguished decoration of laymen conferred by the Catholic Church.

The collection was purchased from John Sylvester Drum (1872-1957), a prominent attorney, who served as president of the American Trust Corporation as well as president of the American Bankers Association and sat on the boards of Pacific Gas & Electric and the Yosemite Valley Railroad Company. Along with C. Templeton Crocker he was in part responsible for reviving the moribund California Historical Society in 1922 and was made a Knight of Malta by the pope in 1929 for his church philanthropy. Today the etchings in the Drum collection form an invaluable historical record of Californias cities in the transitory phase from village to metropolis.

The Society of California Pioneers, founded in 1850 by pre-Gold Rush pioneers, is the state's oldest historical organization. Dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and enjoyment of California heritage, the Societys archives include an outstanding collection of 19th and early 20th century artwork, artifacts, photographs and manuscripts.

The Society of California Pioneers
300 Fourth Street at Folsom
San Francisco, CA 94107


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