Thomas Shannon Ridgway (August 30, 1826 – November 17, 1897) was an American banker and politician from Illinois. He co-founded the First National Bank of Shawneetown and was president of the Springfield and Illinois South Eastern Railway. In 1875, Ridgway was elected Illinois Treasurer, serving two years. He later served on the executive committee of the American Bankers Association.
Thomas Shannon Ridgway was born in White County, Illinois, on August 30, 1826. When he was six, the family moved to Shawneetown, Illinois. When he reached adulthood, he trained for the mercantile business with E. H. Gatewood. He later became a junior partner in O. Pool & Co., later known as Peeples & Ridgway. He co-founded the First National Bank of Shawneetown with J. McKee Peeples in 1865 and was its first cashier.
Ridgway was an early investor in the Springfield and Illinois South Eastern Railway and was its president for six years. In 1875, Ridgway was elected Illinois Treasurer as a Republican, serving for two years. Upon the death of Peeples in 1879, Ridgway was named president of the First National Bank, a role he held until his own death.
Ridgway was a member of the board of trustees of the Southern Illinois Normal College, occasionally serving as the board president. He was the first president of the State Bankers' Association of Illinois and was a member of the executive council of the American Bankers Association. Ridgway was a Presbyterian and oversaw the local Sunday school for over thirty years. Ridgway married Jane Docker in 1849. They had five children: Harriette, William, Helen, Ida, and Grant. Ridgway died on November 17, 1897.He was buried in Westwood Cemetery in Shawneetown.
Gallatin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 4,828, making it the third-least populous county in Illinois. Its county seat is Shawneetown. It is located in the southern portion of Illinois known locally as "Little Egypt".
Ridgway is a village in Gallatin County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population was 851. As of 2018, Rebecca Mitchell was the town mayor.
James Hutchinson Woodworth, was a member of the Illinois State Senate and the Illinois State House of Representatives, served as a Chicago Alderman, was elected to consecutive terms as Mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1848–1850) as an Independent Democrat, and served one term in the US House of Representatives as a member of the Republican Party. Woodworth completed his career in Chicago as one of the city's most noteworthy bankers. He is a member of the Woodworth political family.
William Lee Davidson Ewing was a politician from Illinois who served partial terms as the fifth governor of the state and as U.S. Senator.
The American Bankers Association (ABA) is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association for the U.S. banking industry, founded in 1875. They lobby for banks of all sizes and charters, including community banks, regional and money center banks, savings associations, mutual savings banks, and trust companies. The average member bank having approximately $250 million in assets. ABA is considered the largest financial trade group in the United States.
The Shawneetown Bank State Historic Site is an historic bank building in Old Shawneetown, Illinois, and is the oldest structure in Illinois built specifically as a bank. A Greek Revival structure built in 1839–1841 in what was then called Shawneetown, it was the home of a series of banks into the 20th century. The building is brick with a limestone front façade.
Ben "Todd" Parnell III is retired president of Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, co-founder and the retired CEO of THE BANK in Springfield, a community activist, an environmental advocate, an author, and keynote speaker. Parnell was sworn in as interim president at a faculty/staff meeting in Clara Thompson Hall on April 23, 2007, upon the resignation of John Sellars, Drury's fifteenth president. After a number of options were considered for the office, Parnell was formally inaugurated as Drury University's sixteenth president on April 20, 2008, by Drury's trustee-driven search committee. Parnell retired in 2013, serving his last day as president on May 31, 2013.
John Whitfield Bunn was an American corporate leader, financier, industrialist, and personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, whose work and leadership involved a broad range of institutions ranging from Midwestern railroads, international finance, and Republican Party politics, to corporate consultation, globally significant manufacturing, and the various American stock exchanges. He was of great historical importance in the commercial, civic, political, and industrial development and growth of the state of Illinois and the American Midwest, during both the nineteenth century and the twentieth century. John Whitfield Bunn was born June 21, 1831, in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Although every one of the business institutions co-founded or built by the Bunn Brothers has ceased to exist, and fallen purely into the realm of history, each of these businesses left an important legacy of honorable industrial, commercial, and civic vision for Illinois, the Midwest, and the United States.
Alfred Orendorff was an Illinois lawyer and politician.
John Joy Edson, was president of the Washington Loan and Trust Company, Equitable Co-operative Building Association, treasurer of the American Geographical Society, and Chairman of the Board and treasurer of the National Geographic Society.
J. De Forest Richards was an American football player and banker. He was the son of the fifth Governor of Wyoming and played college football at the University of Michigan from 1894 to 1897. He later had a career as a banker in Douglas, Wyoming, Omaha, Nebraska, and Chicago, Illinois.
Sarah Alice Haldeman was an American craftswoman, banker and philanthropist. She was the sister of social activist Jane Addams and mother of Marcet Haldeman-Julius.
William Findlay Coolbaugh was an American politician and banker from Pennsylvania. After working his way up the ranks at a Philadelphia dry goods house, he began his own store in Burlington, Iowa in 1842. He became active in Iowa politics, serving in the Iowa Senate from 1854 to 1862. In 1855, he was the Democratic Party candidate to the United States Senate, but lost. In 1862, he moved to Chicago, Illinois to set up a banking house which became the Union National Bank of Chicago. Coolbaugh was also the father-in-law of Chief Justice of the United States Melville Fuller. Coolbaugh died of an apparent suicide in 1877.
James W. Robison, born James W. Robertson, was a Scottish American farmer, horticulturist, politician, and horse breeder. After his family immigrated to the United States shortly after his birth, Robison attended public school and then studied at Illinois College. He became a wealthy farmer, particularly noted for his large orchards. He served two terms in the Illinois Senate in the 1870s. In 1879, he visited Kansas and established a farm in Butler County. The estate eventually amassed 17,000 acres (6,900 ha) and featured one of the largest Percheron ranches in the nation. Robison was elected to the Kansas Senate in 1897.
Thomas Sloo Jr. was an American politician and merchant from Kentucky. Orphaned, Sloo moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to support his siblings and made a fortune operating a store. However, he lost it all in the Panic of 1819 and settled in Illinois. He quickly regained prosperity after organizing McLeansboro, Illinois and was soon elected to the Illinois Senate. Sloo was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Illinois in 1826. Crestfallen, Sloo moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to trade commissions. After a brief stay in Havana, Cuba, where he founded a gas company, Sloo returned to New Orleans and served as city treasurer and president of the Sun Mutual Insurance Company.
William Rice (1821–1897) was a Methodist Episcopal minister, author, and from 1861 to his death in 1897, the President and Executive Director of the Springfield City Library Association. He was an important public figure in nineteenth-century Springfield, Massachusetts.
Steve Wilson is the state senator for the 7th District of the Ohio Senate. He is a Republican. The district covers Warren County, a portion of Butler County including half of Middletown and a portion of Hamilton County including Indian Hill and parts of Cincinnati and Loveland.
Stillman Witt was an American railroad and steel industry executive best known for building the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati Railroad, Cleveland, Painesville and Ashtabula Railroad, and the Bellefontaine and Indiana Railroad. Through his banking activities, he played a significant role in the early years of the Standard Oil company. He was also one of the founding investors in the Cleveland Rolling Mill, a major steel firm in the United States.
Louis H. Poock was a prominent German-American banker, educator, and Dayton, Ohio city official. He served as vice-president of Dayton's board of education, a secretary of Dayton Building Association, and a treasurer of Ohio's Germania Building Association. He established one of Dayton's most prominent financier families.
Thomas Worth Olcott was an American banker who served as president of the Mechanics' and Farmers' Bank of Albany, an institution he was connected with for 69 years.