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Picturesque Stamford, 1892

Financial Institutions, pp. 222–224


First building of the First National BankThe First National Bank of Stamford was the fourth incorporated under the provisions of the Currency Act of 1863, and commenced business on July 1, of the same year, in the store in Miller's (then Seely's) Block now occupied by Parker & Ward's drug store. The first Board of Directors were H. M. Humphrey, George L. Brown, J. B. Hoyt, Henry K. Skelding, Joseph D. Warren, Wells R. Ritch, George A. Hoyt, Charles Williams and Edward Gay. Three of these gentlemen are living - D. Warren, who is still a member of the board, and Messrs. Gay and Humphrey, who are not residents of Stamford . The first President was Dr. H. M. Humphrey, and the first Cashier was Charles W. Brown. Dr. Humphrey remained President until 1874, with the exception of a short interval during which Joseph B. Hoyt acted in that capacity. During the absence of Dr. Humphrey in Europe and elsewhere, Wells R. Ritch acted as President pro tem. Upon Dr. Humphrey's resignation, in 1874, Charles W. Brown was made President, and Alexander R. Turkington, who entered the bank as a young clerk at its opening, was chosen for Cashier. Early in 1892, the Presidency became vacant, through the death of Mr. Brown, and the cashier was called to fill it. Harry Bell, who entered the employ of the bank in 1866, was promoted to the vacancy caused by Mr. Turkington's election to the highest office. The present Board of Directors are: Thomas G. Ritch, Charles Gaylor, William Hubbard, Joseph D. Warren, Hiram Dewing, Isaac Wardwell, John P. Hamilton, William D. Smith, and A. R. Turkington.

Alexander R. Turkington Harry Bell Charles Gaylor

The First National Bank and the Citizens' Saving Bank occupy a handsome four-story brick building on Atlantic Square, completed in 1873. The main floor is handsomely and conveniently fitted for banking purposes, with commodious rooms for officers and directors. The basement or ground floor is occupied as a store and real estate office, the second floor contains several offices and the upper story contains the rooms of Rippowam Lodge, I. O. O. F.

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Picturesque Stamford, 1892
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