Edwin S. Van Gorder. now president of the First National Bank, of Audubon, this county, was born on July 6, 1871, in Exira, Audubon county, Iowa, son of Charles and Laura J. (Delahoyde) Van Gorder, the former of whom is vice-president of the First National Bank, of Audubon (a biographical sketch of whom, with portrait, is presented elsewhere in this volume), and educated in the common schools and at Grinnell College, at Grinnell, Iowa, from which latter institution he was graduated with the class of 1893, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy. In 1894 he took a post-graduate course in Harvard University, and a short time later entered the banking business, with his father, in Audubon, becoming president of the First National Bank in 1911, having begun his service with that bank as assistant cashier. He has been engaged in the banking business throughout his entire business career, and is generally recognized as one of the most careful bankers in this section of the state, holding a high place in the regard of those connected with banking circles hereabout.
On June 28, 1898, Edwin S. Van Gorder was married to Helen Getchell, of Des Moines, Iowa, daughter of Charles Getchell, a prominent lumberman of that city. To this union two sons have been born, Edwin S., Jr., and Charles G.
Mr. Van Gorder is a heavy land-holder, owning large tracts in Iowa and in the northeastern part of South Dakota. Fraternally, he is a member of the Knights of Pythias at Audubon and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. In politics, he is a Republican.