From History of Texas, Published in 1896

John C. Tandy, president of the First National Bank of Morgan, enjoys the distinction of being the youngest bank president in the state of Texas. The institution with which he is connected is one of the leading, solid and popular banks of Bosque County. It has a capital of fifty thousand dollars, and with the able assistance of Cashier R.E. Doyal, our subject has built it up into sudden and satisfying success. Both these gentlemen are capable and successful business men, and whatever enterprise they associate themselves with is bound to go. They began business as a private banking company in August, 1895, and were much aided by the fact that they had already become well known to the people in the county. Mr. Tandy has had some seven years’ experience as a banker, and is widely known as a thoroughly reliable and capable business man. His natural, fixed trait is that of honesty, and by his fair and candid business methods he retains all his customers who seek his service from any cause. The people of Bosque County are justly proud of this financial institution and of the two young men who are putting both brains and character into its management.

Mr. Tandy was born at Granbury, Hood County, this state, February 16, 1871, and is a son of J.A. Tandy, a prominent and well-known citizen of that county, and there he was raised and educated. He belongs to the-new Texas, and with much devotion to the progressive spirit of the present time retains the hospitality and open-heartedness of the old order. He has made a striking success of farm and stock interests as well as in banking. In this he has only followed in the footsteps of his father, who is one of the most successful farmers and stockmen of the county. His father was born in Lavaca County, Texas, forty-six years ago, and has been raised and educated in this state. His father, William Tandy, the grandfather of our subject, was a Kentuckian by birth and came to Texas in 1845. The mother of our subject was before her marriage Rebecca Stribling, was a native of South Carolina and a member of one of the historic families of that state. She died in December, 1873, leaving two children, our subject, and a brother, Sloan, who is a farmer in Hood County.

Mr. Tandy, our subject, was raised to manhood in Hood County, where he received a very good education at the College of Granbury, graduating in 1889. In 1890 he was engaged in the stock business. Later he went into the First National Bank in Granbury as assistant cashier, and made a most efficient and popular officer. Here he remained until 1895, when he resigned and came to Morgan to engage in banking for himself.

In 1895, in the month of July, Mr. Tandy led to the altar, and plighted nuptial vows with, Miss Josie Kerr, a lady of education and of good family. She is a daughter of H.J. Kerr, a leading citizen of Granbury. Our subject has made one of the handsomest homes in Morgan for his wife, which has become quite a social center.

He is a Democrat, and adds to his laurels as a young banker the fact of being the youngest mayor in Texas. He is also an active secret-society man, being a member of the order of Odd Fellows, as well as a Pythian Knight, Castle No. 232.


History of Texas, 1896, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co.

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