Biographical Sketch of W. B. Dunlap

W. B. Dunlap, Cashier First National Bank, Mattoon; was born in New Hampshire in 1840; he received a good, common-school education, and was fitted for college, but did not enter upon a college course. In 1861, he came west to Illinois, locating in Mattoon, where he was employed as book-keeper and clerk for the firm of Francis & Shaw. Jan. 1, 1863, he entered the banking house of Pilkington & Co., as Cashier; May 1, 1865, at which time the First National Bank was organized, he was chosen to the position of Teller; this he held until 1868, when he was chosen Cashier; June 1, 1874, he resigned his office and organized the Mattoon National Bank, of which he was President till November, 1877, at which time he resigned the position to devote his attention to his real estate transactions. April 1, 1878, he was tendered the position of Cashier of the First National Bank a second time, and in May following that of President; this, after mature deliberation, he declined, but consented to fill the office of Cashier. The management of the bank, however, is almost wholly entrusted to his care. He was married in 1866, to Mary K. Woods, a native of Illinois. Has two children – Estelle and Katie. Owns 120 acres and a large amount of real estate in the city. In addition to his banking duties, he transacts a real estate business to the amount of from $60,000 to $70,000 per annum.

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