Old National Bank, Grand Rapids, MI (Charter 2890)
Old National Bank, Grand Rapids, MI (Chartered 1883 - Liquidated 1929)
Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan and the county seat of Kent County. Situated along the Grand River approximately 30 miles east of Lake Michigan, it is the economic and cultural hub of West Michigan, the fastest growing major city in Michigan, and one of the fastest growing cities in the Midwest. According to 2019 US Census Bureau estimates, the city had a population of 201,013, while the greater metropolitan area had a population of 1,077,370. In 1900 the population was 87,565 and in 1940, 164,292; it has been growing ever since.
A historic furniture manufacturing center, Grand Rapids is home to five of the world's leading office furniture companies and is nicknamed "Furniture City." The city and surrounding communities are economically diverse, based in the health care, information technology, automotive, aviation, and consumer goods manufacturing industries, among others.
Grand Rapids is the childhood home of U.S. President Gerald Ford, who is buried with his wife Betty on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in the city. The city's main airport and one of its freeways are named after him.
Grand Rapids had 12 National Banks chartered during the Bank Note Era, and 10 of those banks issued National Bank Notes. Grand Rapids also had two Obsolete Banks that issued Obsolete Bank Notes during the Obsolete Bank Note Era (1782-1866).
- Organized February 8, 1883
- Chartered February 24, 1883
- Succeeded 294 (First National Bank, Grand Rapids, MI)
- Liquidated April 22, 1929
- Absorbed by Kent State Bank
Official Bank Title(s)
1: The Old National Bank of Grand Rapids, MI
Bank Note Types Issued
A total of $11,877,850 in National Bank Notes was issued by this bank between 1883 and 1929. This consisted of a total of 1,505,516 notes (1,505,516 large size and No small size notes).
This bank issued the following Types and Denominations of bank notes:
Series/Type Sheet/Denoms Serial#s Sheet Comments 1882 Brown Back 4x5 1 - 20853 1882 Brown Back 3x10-20 1 - 6853 1902 Red Seal 4x5 1 - 31425 1902 Red Seal 3x10-20 1 - 25230 1902 Date Back 4x5 1 - 52665 1902 Date Back 3x10-20 1 - 33834 1902 Plain Back 4x5 52666 - 179092 1902 Plain Back 3x10-20 33835 - 112926
Bank Presidents and Cashiers
The Old National Bank of Grand Rapids Presidents and Cashiers during the National Bank Note Era (1883 - 1929):
- Solomon Lewis Withey, 1883-1883
- Martin Luther Sweet, 1884-1894
- James Melanchthon Barnett, 1895-1908
- Willard Barnhart, 1909-1914
- Clay Harvey Hollister, 1915-1928
- Harvey James Hollister, 1883-1902
- Clay Harvey Hollister, 1903-1910
- George F. Mackenzie, 1911-1922
- Eugene Richards, 1923-1925
- John Clinton Bishop, 1926-1928
Other Bank Note Signers
- There are currently no known Vice President or Assistant Cashier bank note signers for this bank.
- Michigan Bank Note History
- General information on Grand Rapids (Wikipedia)
- General information on Kent County (Wikipedia)
- General information on Michigan (Wikipedia)
- Grand Rapids, MI, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Rapids,_Michigan
- Don C. Kelly, National Bank Notes, A Guide with Prices. 6th Edition (Oxford, OH: The Paper Money Institute, 2008).
- Dean Oakes and John Hickman, Standard Catalog of National Bank Notes. 2nd Edition (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1990).
- Banks & Bankers Historical Database (1782-1935), https://bbdata.banknotehistory.com