Biography of Charles L. Reynolds
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Charles L. Reynolds, president of The Toledo Savings Bank & Trust Company, has been an official of that institution for over thirty seven years and long an outstanding figure in banking and business circles of Toledo. The record of The Toledo Savings Bank & Trust Company shows continual development and expansion along the lines in which progressiveness is balanced by a safe conservatism, a policy which has been instituted and fostered by Charles L. Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds came to Toledo from Jackson, Michigan, where his birth occurred March 29, 1851, his parents being Wiley R. and Mary (Terry) Reynolds. The father was also an interested factor in Toledo business affairs, although he maintained his residence in Jackson, where he conducted a milling business and also was one of the partners in the dry goods establishment, which was carried on under the firm style of W. R. & S. C. Reynolds. The death of Wiley R. Reynolds occurred in Jackson in October, 1900. The mother of Charles L. Reynolds passed away when he was about twelve years of age.

Charles L. Reynolds attended the public schools and continued his education in Racine College, at Racine, Wisconsin, and in the, Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie, New York. He arrived in Toledo on the 1st of April, 1869, and soon afterward entered into close association with the grain and milling business here conducted by his father and uncle, under the firm style of Reynolds Brothers At first he occupied a clerical position and then became his father's successor in the business and a partner in the firm about 1875, the old firm style of Reynolds Brothers, however, being maintained until it went out of existence in 1908. Mr. Reynolds had in the meantime entered banking circles, giving his time more and more largely to financial interests and for a number of years his attention has been directed to the management of The Toledo Savings Bank & Trust Company, which was established in 1868 ands with which he has been officially connected since 1886, becoming its president in 1906, a position which he has occupied ever since. He has directed the destiny of the bank and established its policy in large measure, while the continued growth of the institution is proof of the soundness of his judgement and the enterprise which actuates him in all of his business affairs. He is one of the largest stockholders of the Second National Bank of Toledo and was formerly a director in the old Merchants National Bank, which was merged into the Second National, of which Mr. Reynolds has since been a director. He likewise represents the directorate of the Toledo Scale Company and is the president of the Merrill. Manufacturing Company, while his cooperation is a valued asset in the profitable management of a number of other important financial and business concerns of this city.

On the 6th of June, 1878, Charles L. Reynolds was married to Miss Annie Groff, who passed away December 4, 1906, a few weeks after returning with her husband from a trip abroad. She had been a leading figure in social circles in Toledo and for many years was a consistent member of Trinity Episcopal church. By her marriage she became the mother of three children: Lawrence G. and Donald L. were educated in St. Paul's School at Concord, New Hampshire, and in Yale University, and Lawrence G. is now connected with the Bostwick-Braun Company, wholesale and retail hardware merchants of Toledo, while Donald L. is, connected with The Toledo Savings Bank & Trust Company; an only daughter, Annie, attended Miss Peebles School of New York city and is now the wife of Rt. Rev. Robert L. Harris, Episcopal bishop of the Marquette diocese. They have one child, Rosalind, and by a former marriage Mrs. Harris had one son, Charles R. Macomber.

Mr. Reynolds has long been identified with St. Mark's Episcopal church of Toledo and his membership connections extend also to the Ohio Society of New York and to various clubs of this city, including the Toledo, the Toledo Country, the Toledo Yacht, the Chamber of Commerce and the Toledo Automobile dubs. In his business life he has been a persistent, resolute and energetic worker, possessing strong executive powers, but keeping his hand steadily upon the helm of the banking business, with which he has been so long identified. His personal characteristics and social qualities are pronounced and he is an acceptable companion in any society in which intelligence is a necessary attribute to agreeableness. Mr. Reynolds' residence is at No. 2040 Collingwood avenue.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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