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Henry Thomas Douglas



Henry Thomas Douglas became president of the Shawnee National Bank in 1900.

One of the ablest financiers of Oklahoma, he has directed the affairs of this well known institution in a way to win the confidence of all the depositors and the business interests of this vicinity. The banking business has been his life work since he was twenty-one years old. He was born in Windsor, Henry county, Missouri, March 6, 1867, belonging to one of the oldest families of that section of Missouri. His grandfather, Tames Douglas, moved to Henry county in 1833. The "father, H. T. Douglas, Sr., who was born in Howard county, Missouri, passed sixty years of his life in Henry county as a farmer, and died there November 17, 1905, in his eightieth year. He married, in 1842, in Henry county, Catherine Parks Painter, a native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and she is still living, aged seventy-four. Of the parents' family of five boys and five girls, seven are living.

As one of these children, Henry T. Douglas grew up at Windsor, attending the grade and high schools of that town, and at the age of twenty-one became a clerk in the Windsor Savings Bank. A year later he moved to St. Jo, Texas, and his energy and ability quickly promoted him to the presidency of the Bank of St. Jo, remaining at its head for eight years when, in 1900, he came to Shawnee. Besides his banking connections at Shawnee, he is also owner of much real estate, and is identified with the best civic and business interests of the city.

He was a director and the president of the Canadian Valley Bank, and largely controlled and directed its affairs. He was also a stockholder in numerous other banks and business concerns, including the Shawnee National Bank, of which he was a director, the president, and managing officer. Also, with N. Douglas, a brother, he was owner of the Citizens' Loan & Investment Company.

It appears that H.T. Douglas was convicted in the district court of Lincoln county of larceny in borrowing money from a bank while active managing officer thereof, and was sentenced to serve a term of 15 years in the state penitentiary. This was reduced on appeal in May 1935 to 8 years.

Fraternally, he is a Mason, a member of the Shrine at Oklahoma City and the Consistory at Guthrie, and also affiliates with the Elks, the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In 1896 he married Miss Mary Frances Belcher, a native of Missouri. Her father has for many years been a prominent resident of Belcherville, Texas.

Three children have been born of their marriage : Edward, August 17, 1900; Henry Thomas, Jr., July 2, 1902 ; Donald Avdelotte,
June 10, 1906.




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