William Currer Briggs (Pipestone, MN)
William Currer Briggs (July 27, 1861 – June 2, 1928)
Early life and family
William Currer Briggs was born on July 27, 1861 in Yorkshire, England. He attended college in England, and emigrated to the U.S. in August 1879 at the age of 18. He farmed in north western Iowa and Rock County, MN from 1881 to 1884, and moved to Pipestone in 1885, where he became associated with the Close Brothers land company.   
In 1889, W.C. married his wife Laura. They were (probably) married in England and then came back to Pipestone to live, where they had 3 children; Dorothy E. born in January 1892, Gladys L. born in November 1895, and Henry E. C. born in November 1898. 
In 1889, W.C. Briggs helped organize the First National Bank of Pipestone. He became cashier in March of 1893 (succeeding his older brother Henry E. Briggs), and then became President in January 1898, serving in that capacity until September 1913.  
Other career highlights
On Sept 22, 1913, he retired from the First National Bank, and went into the real-estate business. In 1916 he was elected Mayor of Pipestone. Later in 1916, he was elected to represent Pipestone County in the Minnesota State Legislature, and was re-elected in 1918 and 1920. While serving in the legislature, he chaired the Banks & Banking Committee. 
In 1922, W.C. and his family moved to St. Paul, MN where he accepted a position with the State Banking Dept. as Receiver for closed banks. He worked there until poor health forced him to retire. 
Later life and death
Bank Officer Summary
- First National Bank of Pipestone, MN (Charter 3982): Cashier Mar 1893 - Jan 1898; President Jan 1898 - Sep 1913
- "W. C. Briggs Obituary", Pipestone County Star, June 5, 1928.
- "W. C. Briggs Obituary", Pipestone Leader, June 7, 1928.
- MN Legislative Reference Library, https://www.leg.state.mn.us.
- 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Pipestone County, MN, https://ancestry.com.
- "Pipestone First National Bank History", internal bank document (probably) written by A.R. Stillwell, 1919,1929, (on file at the Pipestone County Historical Society/Museum, Pipestone, MN), https://s3.amazonaws.com/newslinks.currbase/MN-Pipestone-Ch3982-EarlyBankHistory-ArtStillwell.pdf.
- OCC Annual Reports 1893 – 1913 (U.S. Treasury Dept: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency).
- Banks and Bankers Historical Database (1782-1935), http://bbdata.banknotehistory.com.