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Edward Fletcher Swinney

Edward Fletcher Swinney, president of the First National Bank, was born near Lynchburg, Pennsylvania, August 1, 1857.  He received his education in the public schools and in the State school at Blacksburg.  In 1875 he came to Missouri, accepting a position as cashier of a bank at Fayette.  In 1882 he accepted a similar position in Colorado City, Tex., and in January, 1887 came to Kansas City to be cashier of the First National Bank.  He was elected its president in 1890, and has made a brilliant reputation for himself in the financial world.  He is a member of the Chicago & Alton Railroad directorate, a director of the Fidelity Trust Company and of the Missouri Savings Association, and is a member of the executive council of the American Bankers' Association.

     Something that speaks volumes for Mr. Swinney is that he served as treasurer of the Kansas City School Board since 1894, having just been re-elected for another term.  He is also serving his third term as director and treasurer of the Commercial Club, a longer time than any man has ever retained the position before.

     Mr. Swinney is an enthusiastic sportsman and a crack wing-shot.  He is also a member of the Country Club.

     In 1892 he married Miss Ida Lee, of Old Franklin, Howard County, Mo.
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