Raymond G. Hannahs. - A notably important career as a banker is that of Raymond G. Hannahs, who is president
of the Watertown National Bank. All his life has been identified with banking interests, for his father, George
W. Hannahs, of Watertown, was president of the Farmers National Bank, of Adams, N. Y., and is now vice president
of the Watertown National Bank. The son evinced ability in the same direction at an early age and has made banking
Raymond G. Hannahs, son of George W. and Helen (Watt) Hannahs, was born at Adams, N. Y., April 25, 1884, and was
educated in the public and high schools. He also attended Hobart College, from which he received the degree of
Bachelor of Philosophy in 1906. He began as a messenger in the Farmers National Bank at Adams, and in 1907 associated
himself with the Watertown National Bank. He has held various offices during his long association with this institution,
and in October, 1919, was made cashier to succeed W. W. Rice. Later, came his election to the office of vice president,
an office he efficiently combined with that of cashier. In January, 1931, Mr. Hannahs was elected president and
is now serving as executive head of the institution.
The Watertown National Bank was organized on April 12, 1882, occupying the site on which was built the first structure
of Watertown by Henry Coffee, on Court Street. The original capital was $50,000 and the first president, G. W.
Knowlton, was elected for a second time as president in 1908 to succeed the second president, N. P. Wardwell, who
died in that year. The building now occupied was completed in November, 1920, and is a handsome edifice, and a
part of the bank's large assets.
Mr. Hannahs has numerous other business and civic interests, being vice president and director of the Northern
New York Acceptance Corporation; a member of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce; a trustee and director of the Y.
M. C. A.; a member of the Rotary Club; treasurer and director of the Jefferson County Historical Society, in whose
work he is greatly interested; and a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. During the World War Mr. Hannahs was a leader
in Liberty Loan drives. He is also a member of the Jefferson County Golf Club, and Black River Valley Club. He
holds membership in the Episcopal Church, and is a Republican in politics.
Mr. Hannahs was married in 1911 to Miss Alma A. Gilbert, of Adams, N. Y., the daughter of John H. and Harriet C.
(Clements) Gilbert. They are the parents of a daughter, Elizabeth Gilbert Hannahs, born March 4, 1919.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Jefferson County, NY
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