Biography of Howell T. Manson
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HOWELL TAYLOR MANSON - From his association with every department of activity in organized finance throughout National and savings institutions, Howell Taylor Manson, president of the Dollar Savings Bank, has the abundant and broad experience of the financier who has specialized in practical banking from the details of the clerical office to those of the directorship of the bank's chief executive officer. Mr. Manson is widely known and highly respected by his colleagues in the banking world in The Bronx and throughout the State for far sighted and prudent enterprise in all business matters; and few men in his profession are more accurately informed with regard to the history and the status of banking institutions in this section of the country. Mr. Manson is a son of Donald A. and Eliza J. Manson; Donald A. Manson, a builder, was a Civil War Naval veteran, and a member of the crew of the United States Ship "Savannah," that was blown up by the "Merrimac."

Howell Taylor Manson was born September 19, 1875, in Brooklyn, where he attended the public schools and was graduated from the high schools with the class of 1891. He immediately entered upon a career in banking that has a record of pronounced success, at first starting as a messenger in the employ of the United States National Bank in New York City, and in 1895 becoming associated in a clerical capacity with the Third National Bank. In 1897, upon the voluntary liquidation of this bank and its merging with the National City Bank, Mr. Manson joined Goldman Sachs in the commercial paper and bonds business, and a year afterwards, in 1898, he joined the Gallatin National Bank. He was made an officer in that bank in 1902, and so continued until its consolidation with the Hanover National Bank in 1912, with whose further interests he was associated for eight years, to 1920, in one year traveling over 42,000 miles in a confidential capacity with regard to its relationships with small country banks.

Meantime, Mr. Manson had been elected a member of the board of trustees of the Dollar Savings Bank, in 1911; on the death of John Haffen, Sr., and in 1920, he was elected treasurer; and again, in 1922, upon the retirement of William M. Kern in July of that year, he was made comptroller. Mr. Manson was elected president of the Dollar Savings Bank in February, 1925, succeeding Brian G. Hughes. In political matters, he is an Independent. During the World War, he was prominent in the activities of the time, particularly in the drives and the Liberty Loan matters. He is a member of the New York Athletic Club; and his religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church.

Howell Taylor Manson married, March 26, 1899, in Brooklyn, Edna M. George, daughter of Charles B. and Tillie George; and they are the parents of a son, Donald G. Manson, who was born September 2, 1900, and is a member of the clerical force of the Dollar Savings Bank.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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