Biography of Herbert J. B. Willis
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HERBERT JEWELL BLAKE WILLIS - Throughout a career that has a record of great value to the financial interests of The Bronx, Mr. Willis has been a decided influence in shaping the affairs of prominent banking institutions by means of the positions of special trust to which he has from time to time been assigned. Today, as vice president of The Bronx National Bank, he is a highly esteemed member of that group of business men and financiers, who, to a very considerable extent, maintain the fundamental status of the business life of this section of the city.

Herbert Jewell Blake Willis, son of Henry Spencer Willis, a chemist, and Angenette (Blake) Willis, was born February 3, 1874, in Brooklyn, where he attended the public schools and Brown's Business College; and he has been since 1910 a member of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, an auxiliary school of New York University, where he received the first elements of his knowledge of banking. Mr. Willis began work when he was sixteen years old, in the employ of the old Nassau Bank, at the corner of Beekman and Nassau streets, New York City, where he continued until the bank became merged with the Irving National Bank. The stockholders then appointed him custodian of assets and acting liquidation agent of Nassau Bank, a position of honor and trust such as is adequately filled only by those who have absolutely proven their solidarity in financial matters. Mr. Willis remained in that office until 1918, when at the solicitation of the board of directors of The Bronx National Bank of the city of New York, he accepted the position of cashier, which he held until November, 1923, when he was elected vice president of the banks.

In civic affairs, as well, Mr. Willis has shown efficiency and ability, as for seven years he was the town clerk of the Borough of Tenafly, New Jersey. Fraternally, he is affilited with Alpine Lodge, No. 77, Free and Accepted Masons, of New Jersey; and he is a member of the Sons of the Revolution, and of the Closter Polo Club, of Closter, New Jersey.

Herbert Jewell Blake Willis married, September 19, 1894, in Tenafly, New Jersey, Catherine Westervelt, daughter of Andrew Westervelt, who was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, descendant of an early Dutch settler of that township, and Catherine (Westervelt) Westervelt. Their children; 1. Amy Willis, who married Martin Frobisher, professor of bacteriology in Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. 2. Angenette Willis, who married Lieutenant John William Black, in June, 1924, the year of the graduation of Lieutenant Black of the United States Air Service from West Point.

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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