Financial Institutions, pp. 222–224
FIRST NATIONAL BANK.
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.
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.
NATIONAL BANK.— INTERIOR VIEWS.
Photo Selection of the Month, January 2001: First National Bank
1977: State National Now Nation's Oldest Nationally Chartered Bank (The Weekly Shopper)
Picturesque Stamford, 1892
917.46 Stamford G