William Harvey Winants was born October 16, 1845, in
Penn Yan, New York. When thirteen years old his parents moved to
Cincinnati, where he received his education. At the outbreak of
the war in 1861 he entered the Second Ohio, and served throughout the
In 1865 he came to Kansas City and engaged in
the mercantile business, but sold out in 1867, and entered the employ
of the old First National Bank as a clerk. He has been
continuously engaged in the banking business ever since. In 1878
he had risen to the position of assistant cashier, and when the Armour
Bros. Banking Company was organized he went to it as teller.
When it changed to the Midland National he became cashier and
afterwards vice-president. In 1897 he became the vice-president
of the National Bank of Commerce, which position he now holds.
Few men give more time and energy to public
movements than Mr. Winants. He has been treasurer of the Board
of Trade for seventeen years, president of the Kansas City
Clearing-house for nine years, director and treasurer of Convention
Hall, and vice-president of the Priests of Pallas Association.