William Stone Woods, president of the
National Bank of
Commerce, and one of the wealthiest financiers of Missouri, was born
November 1, 1840, in
After a common school education, the young
man entered the
Missouri State University, and was graduated in
1861. He at once became a student at the
St. Louis Medical
College, and after completing a course located as a physician in
Middle Grove, Mo. He practiced medicine until 1867, when he
located at Paris, Mo., and entered upon a mercantile business.
Two years later he went to Rocheport, Mo., and established the
Rocheport Savings Bank. From that time on is but the record of
the constant ascent of one of the most powerful financiers of the
Dr. Woods came to Kansas City in 1880, and
became a member of the wholesale dry goods firm of Grimes, Woods, La
Force & Co.
A controlling interest in the Kansas City
Savings Association was purchased by Dr. Woods, which he reorganized
in to the bank of which he is now the head. With a capital of
$1,000,000 and stock worth $350 a share it is the second largest
financial concern west of the Mississippi.
Dr. Woods was married July 10, 1866, to Miss
Albine M. McBride. They have one daughter, Julia.