HERBERT B. TAYLOR
As one of its claims to distinction the First National Bank of Dunn, North Carolina, cites the fact that all of its officers are distinctively products of the community, native born and bred, and also that this is the youngest set of officers of any national bank in the state. However guardedly we must speak of youth, it is a condition to be considered that in the younger generation is to be found the element of enthusiasm and the qualities of energy and zeal so necessary in these fast-moving modern days. Likewise, it may be pointed out that the First National Bank of Dunn is a successful and growing institution, and one that has the confidence of the community. As its executive head it possesses one of the forceful and capable young bankers of the state, Herbert B. Taylor, who commenced his career in finance with this institution in the position of bookkeeper, and owes his rise solely to his own efforts and developed abilities.
Mr. Taylor was born December 13. 1891, at Dunn, and is a son of James A. and Emma Rowena (Beasley) Taylor, natives of Cumberland County. His father, who has been engaged in the insurance business at Dunn for nearly a third of a century, was the first mayor of the city, a capacity in which he has served several terms, and has also been city commissioner and a member of the board of commissioners of Harnett County. He is widely known as a man of splendid abilities, high principles and commendable ideals of citizenship.
Herbert B. Taylor was reared at Dunn, where he attended the public schools and graduated from high school in 1906, in addition to which he attended the Cary High School. In 1908 he entered Wake Forest College, where he took the Bachelor of Arts degree, and then for one year was associated with his uncle in the mercantile business. In 1913 Mr. Taylor became identified with the First National Bank in the capacity of bookkeeper, and remained with that institution until November 1917, when he was made cashier of the Bank of Cape Fear, of Dunn. In February 1918, he entered the United States army, in which he rose to the rank of sergeant major. During his service he was stationed in sixteen different states, and twice was on shipboard ready to go overseas, but on both occasions was recalled. He received his honorable discharge January 29,1919, and returned to the Bank of Cape Fear. On December 1, 1919, he was made cashier of the First National Bank of Dunn, and in January, 1926, became president of this institution, which has a capital of $50,000, surplus and profits of $25,000, and deposits of $750,000. The officers of this institution in 1926 were as follows: Herbert B. Taylor, president, aged thirty-five years; J. W. Draughton, vice president; J. O. Warren, cashier, aged twenty-four years; and J. C. Jones, assistant cashier, aged twenty-one years, all born and reared at Dunn. The First National Bank was founded in 1904, and among its Board of Directors is found James A. Taylor. In 1914 there was erected a modern four-story building, of which the bank occupies the first floor and basement, the other three floors being devoted to offices. Mr. Taylor devotes the greater part of his attention to his duties at the bank, but also has other interests, and at present is serving efficiently as city treasurer and as a director and treasurer of the Dunn Chamber of Commerce, in which latter capacities he has acted for five years. He is a Scottish Rite Mason, a Shriner and member of the Dunn Shrine Club, and belongs also to the Knights of Pythias and the American Legion. Politically he is a democrat and one of the influential men of his party at Dunn, and his religious faith is that of the Baptist Church, in which he serves as a deacon. Mr. Taylor has always been fond of outdoor sports and is himself an athlete of some note. While at Wake Forest College he was a member of the varsity baseball team, and during 1910, 1911 and 1912 played professional baseball, being a member of three separate clubs.
On June 19, 1919, Mr. Taylor was united in marriage at Raleigh with Miss Katharine Jones, daughter of Ulric B. and Anne (Massey) Jones, natives of Raleigh, in which vicinity Mr. Jones farmed for many years prior to his death in 1916. Mrs. Jones still survives him at Raleigh. To Mr. and Mrs. Taylor there have been born two children: Emma Anne, born November 16, 1920; and Katharine Jones, born May 17, 1926. The pleasant family home is located at the corner of Harnett and Ellis avenues.