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William Harvey Winants

William Harvey Winants was born October 16, 1845, in Penn Yan, New York.  When thirteen years old his parents moved to Cincinnati, where he received his education.  At the outbreak of the war in 1861 he entered the Second Ohio, and served throughout the war.

     In 1865 he came to Kansas City and engaged in the mercantile business, but sold out in 1867, and entered the employ of the old First National Bank as a clerk.  He has been continuously engaged in the banking business ever since.  In 1878 he had risen to the position of assistant cashier, and when the Armour Bros. Banking Company was organized he went to it as teller.  When it changed to the Midland National he became cashier and afterwards vice-president.  In 1897 he became the vice-president of the National Bank of Commerce, which position he now holds.

     Few men give more time and energy to public movements than Mr. Winants.  He has been treasurer of the Board of Trade for seventeen years, president of the Kansas City Clearing-house for nine years, director and treasurer of Convention Hall, and vice-president of the Priests of Pallas Association.
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