Biography of Arthur C. Trumbo

The development and success of the Muskogee National Bank is attributable in no small measure to Arthur C. Trumbo, an alert, energetic and farsighted business man, who in financial circles has made a most creditable name and place for himself.

He was born on a farm in Allen county, Ohio, on the 6th of August, 1866, and attended the country schools until he reached the age of seventeen, when he began teaching and soon afterward was made principal of the Columbus Grove high school at Columbus Grove, Ohio. Desirous of enjoying still further educational advantages himself, he later became a student in the normal school at Ada, Ohio, and afterward attended the Tri-State Normal School at Angola, Indiana, the Wooster University at Wooster, Ohio, and the Leland’ Stanford University of California, winning his Bachelor’s degree upon the completion of a literary and scientific course in 1894. He afterward pursued the study of law at Northwestern University in Chicago: and in 1896 was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He at once entered upon the active practice of law in Chicago, there following the profession until 1901.

Since that year Mr. Trumbo has been identified with the development and progress of Muskogee, particularly in connection with the financial interests of the city. Here, in partnership with A. W. Patterson, he established the Bank of Muskogee, which was nationalized in 1908, becoming known as the Muskogee National Bank. Until 1916 Mr. Trumbo was vice president and cashier, in which positions he concentrated his attention upon constructive effort, administrative direction and executive management. The safe, conservative policy instituted at the beginning has always been maintained in the direction of the bank’s affairs and today the Muskogee National Bank is regarded as one of the soundest and safest banking institutions of the state.

Mr. Trumbo has also been the president of the Muskogee Clearing House Association and in many ways he has contributed in large measure to the growth, development and progress of the city. He aided in organizing the Muskogee Commercial Club and was elected the third president of the society. In 1912, after serving in many other capacities and giving considerable attention to western affairs, he became president of the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress, an institution that has done a great deal in the matter of development in the western states.

During his college days Mr. Trumbo became a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and he likewise has membership with the Masons and with the Elks. His political endorsement has always been given to the Republican Party but he has never been an active party worker, preferring that his public duties, shall be performed as a private citizen, rather than as an official. No one doubts his devotion to the public good, nor that in every way he measures up to the one hundred per cent American standard.



Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922.

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