Biography of Frederick J. Reynolds
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Frederick Jesse Reynolds, chairman of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Toledo and closely identified with financial, railway and other corporate interests, was born in Jackson, Michigan, August 25, 1857, son of Colonel Sheldon C. and Martha A. Reynolds, a sketch of the father appearing elsewhere in this publication.

Frederick Jesse Reynolds, having attended the Toledo public schools, with later courses of study in business and collegiate institutions, became a clerk with the grain commission house of Reynolds Brothers and after five years was admitted to a partnership in the business, remaining in active connection therewith until the firm withdrew from the grain trade. He broadened the lines of his activities in harmony with his father's interests and investments and in 1887 became vice president and general manager of the Toledo & Michigan Belt Railway Company and was its chief managing executive until it was absorbed by the Michigan Central Railroad. His active connection with the First National Bank dates from 1897, when he was elected to the directorate and in 1898 was chosen vice president. In 1909 he succeeded Schuyler C. Schenck to the presidency, serving until 1923, when he became chairman of the board.

On the 4th of October, 1882, in New York city, Mr. Reynolds was married to Miss. Ida Louise Stone, daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Sarah Jane (White) Stone. Mrs. Reynolds' death occurred in Pasadena, California, February 12, 1915, while with her husband and daughter she was sojourning on the Pacific coast. She had become the mother of four children: Harold Sheldon, mentioned elsewhere in this work; Natalie; Dorothy; and Kathryn. The daughters attended the Dobbs Ferry School for Girls in New York. Natalie became the wife of Roland A. Spitzer, who died May 20, 1916, leaving two children: Philip Adelbert and Frederick Reynolds Spitzer. Dorothy became the wife of Joseph W. Robinson; and Kathryn was married June 14, 1916, to Augustus Barrett Richardson.

Mr. Reynolds has membership in the Produce Exchange of New York, also in the Toledo Commerce Club and his appreciation of the social amenities of life is indicated in his identification with the Toledo Club. the Toledo Country Club, the Middle Bass Club, the Toledo Yacht Club, also the Bankers' Club of New York city and the Ohio Society of New York. He is a Consistory Mason and in Trinity Episcopal church, in which he has long held membership, he is serving as a vestryman. Following in the footsteps of his honored father, he has long maintained high standards in connection with the financial and business development of Toledo and in support of all those forces which make for the upbuilding, progress and improvement of his city.

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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