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William Stone Woods

William Stone Woods, president of the National Bank of Commerce, and one of the wealthiest financiers of Missouri, was born November 1, 1840, in Columbia, Missouri.

     After a common school education, the young man entered the Missouri State University, and was graduated in 1861.  He at once became a student at the St. Louis Medical College, and after completing a course located as a physician in Middle Grove, Mo.  He practiced medicine until 1867, when he located at Paris, Mo., and entered upon a mercantile business.  Two years later he went to Rocheport, Mo., and established the Rocheport Savings Bank.  From that time on is but the record of the constant ascent of one of the most powerful financiers of the State.

     Dr. Woods came to Kansas City in 1880, and became a member of the wholesale dry goods firm of Grimes, Woods, La Force & Co.

     A controlling interest in the Kansas City Savings Association was purchased by Dr. Woods, which he reorganized in to the bank of which he is now the head.  With a capital of $1,000,000 and stock worth $350 a share it is the second largest financial concern west of the Mississippi.

     Dr. Woods was married July 10, 1866, to Miss Albine M. McBride.  They have one daughter, Julia.
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Whatever became of William Stone Woods?

William Woods College is named after Kansas City banker and philanthropist William Stone Woods.  Dr. Woods passed away July 5, 1917 at the Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.

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