Biography of John M. Ormsby
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JOHN M. ORMSBY, vice president of the Valley Bank, has been connected with western commercial enterprises since his early boyhood. He started in as letter boy for the Wells Fargo Express Company at Sacramento, spending some years with the company and being promoted several times until he attained the position of express messenger. He then took up railroading as assistant paymaster of the Southern Pacific Company at San Francisco, continued with this corporation for a number of years until he accepted a position with the Western Union Telegraph Co., and came to Arizona in 1887 to become manager of their office at Tucson. For twenty years he remained with this corporation. He resigned his position with the Western Union to become cashier of the Arizona National Bank, of Tucson, and for sixteen years was a prominent figure in the commercial and financial life of the Old Pueblo. Early in the present year Mr. Ormsby was elected to his present position, as vice prest., removed his family to Phoenix and has since been assisting in the active management of the largest bank in the state. During his long residence in Arizona, Mr. Ormsby has been a leader in all affairs pertaining to the educational development of the state and served as a member of the Board of Regents under four different governors. He was the second secretary appointed to the University of Arizona, and his work has been instrumental in the upbuilding of this institution. Despite his activity as an educator, banker and businessman, Mr. Ormsby is best known for the part he has taken in the fraternal life of Arizona, having been Past Grand Master, Past Grand High Priest, Past Grand Commander of the Knights Templar of Arizona, and six times he has been Master of Tucson Lodge 4, F. & A. M. Mr. Ormsby is a native of the Keystone State, having been born at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, October 9. 1851. His parents were John S. and Jane Hindman Ormsby. He was united in marriage to Miss Ella Gorham, member of a prominent old New England family, and to Mrs. Ormsby's influence and assistance is largely due the success attained by Mr. Ormsby.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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