Alexander Dunn, Jr., cashier of the State Bank, of Holton, is a native of Glasgow, Scotland, born February 20, 1850, and is a son of Alexander and Catherine (Scott) Dunn, also natives of Scotland. The father was an artist and designer, and in 1853 immigrated to America with his wife and children. He remained, however, but a short time when he returned to his native land, and later located at Manchester, England, and here Alex. Jr., attended school until he was sixteen years old, when he came to America alone, and was followed by his father and the other children the following year, the mother having died in England. Upon arriving in this country young Dunn obtained a position with A. T. Stewart & Company, New York, which for a number of years was one of the leading mercantile institutions of the country, and is now the John Wannamaker, New York store. Mr. Dunn was advanced from one position to another until he had charge of a department of this great mercantile institution. In 1872, he resigned his position and came to Kansas, locating in Jackson county. He settled on a farm about seven miles from Holton where he engaged in farming and stock raising, and was thus engaged for ten years. In 1882 he removed to Holton, and in partnership with his brother-in-law, William Fairley, engaged in the general mercantile business under the firm name of Dunn, Fairley & Company. This business continued until December 23, 1887, when the block north of the Court House square was destroyed by fire, where their business was located. Mr. Dunn then engaged in the real estate and loan business, and on January 1, 1899, he and a few other Holton citizens organized the State Bank of Holton, which was first opened for business in his real estate office which was a small frame building on the north side of the square. Mr. Dunn became cashier of the bank at its organization, and has remained in that position to the present time. He was also one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Holton, becoming vice-president of that bank at its organization, and still holds that position. He is recognized as one of the capable bankers of northern Kansas and the institution with which he has been connected has prospered from the beginning. Mr. Dunn was married, May 1, 1873, to Miss Rose, daughter of Joseph W. and Elizabeth (Pope) Taylor, natives of Hendricks county, Indiana, where Mrs. Dunn was also born. The Taylor family came to Kansas in 1861, and settled in Jackson county where the father was a farmer and stock raiser for a number of years, and later engaged in the mercantile business at Holton where he died in 1911. His wife passed away February 15, 1914, at the age of eighty-two. To Mr. and Mrs. Dunn have been born six children, two of whom survive: Edward S., engaged in the insurance business at Holton, and Rose E. married Edward C. Starin, a lumberman at Guilford, Mo. Mr. Dunn takes a keen interest in the welfare of his home town, and has always encouraged local development. He has served a number of terms on the school board, and was president of that body one term. He has also served on the city council. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he has been secretary of the board of trustees for twenty years.Pages 111-112 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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