Wisconsin Bank Note History

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Featured Bank Note: $10 1902 Red Seal issued by the First National Bank, Grantsburg, WI pen signed by H.A. Anderson, Cashier (1906-1920) and F.H. Wellcome, President (1906-1920).

The Wisconsin Bank Note History home page consolidates historical information on the National & Obsolete Banks, Bankers and Banking History of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin County home pages

County Bank Note History home pages provide information on the Banks, Bankers and Bank Notes for that county during the National Bank Note Era (1863-1935), and also the Obsolete Bank Note Era (1782-1866) (if applicable for that county). All of the county's National & Obsolete Banks are listed with links to their Bank History pages. Prominent Bankers are also listed with links to their Banker Bio pages. Several Bank Notes are featured, as well as bank postcards and other bank related ephemera.

If you have a local County Historical Society/Museum, they may be interested in adding a link on their website to their County's Bank Note History home page in our wiki.

  • (There are currently no Wisconsin County home pages set up)

What's New in Wisconsin Bank Note History

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Wisconsin National Bank Stats & Graphs

  • # Issuing Banks: 240
  • # Non-Issuing Banks: 29
  • # Small Size Issuers: 157
  • # Territorial Banks: 0
  • # Towns with Issuing Banks: 131
  • # Counties with Issuing Banks: 69
  • NBN Geo. Letter: M
  • State Capital: Madison
  • Statehood Date: May 29, 1848
  • Wisconsin National Bank Graphs & Lists
    • # of National Banks Chartered By Year
    • # of National Bank Failures (Receivership) By Year
    • # of National Bank Closures (Receivership/Liquidation/Closed) By Year
    • # of National Banks In Operation By Year
    • List of 40 National Banks with Lowest # of Notes Issued

Famous Wisconsin Banks & Bankers

Wisconsin Bank Histories Index

The Bank Histories are organized alphabetically by Town, then by Bank Open Date. To find the Wisconsin Bank you are looking for, select from the following Index list. You can also search the entire wiki for the Bank's town name or charter number using the Search Box in the upper right corner.

Wisconsin Banker Biographies Index

The Banker Bios are organized alphabetically by Last Name. To find the Wisconsin Banker you are looking for, select from the following Index list. For an Index list of all Banker Bios for all States, use the Banker Biographies sidebar link. You can also search the entire wiki for the Banker's last name using the Search Box in the upper right corner.

Wisconsin Counties Index

This index lists Wisconsin counties that had towns with National or Obsolete Banks (1782-1935).

Wisconsin Towns Index

This index lists Wisconsin towns that had National or Obsolete Banks (1782-1935).

WI Obsolete to National Bank Conversions

Wisconsin had 33 Obsolete Banks that converted to National Banks between 1863 and 1918.

Wisconsin Obsolete to National Bank Conversions

Wisconsin Banking History

(This could be a brief overview here, or link to a separate page, for WI Banking History, covering both the Obsolete and National Bank Note Eras).

Wiki Links

Wisconsin Research Resources

  • Chester L. Krause, Wisconsin Obsolete Bank Notes and Scrip (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1994).
  • The Higgins Museum in Okoboji, IA has a Currency Related Research Library, as well as major collections of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska National Bank Notes on display.
  • Don C. Kelly, National Bank Notes, A Guide with Prices. 6th Edition (Oxford, OH: The Paper Money Institute, 2008).
  • Dean Oakes and John Hickman, Standard Catalog of National Bank Notes. 2nd Edition (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1990).
  • The National Bank Note Census, nbncensus.com
  • OCC Annual Reports 1863 – 1935 (U.S. Treasury Dept: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency).
(The OCC Annual Reports are available online at the Currency Club of Chester County (PA) website).
  • The Bankers Magazine 1846 – 1922 (New York: various publishers over the years).
(The Bankers Magazine volumes are available online at the Currency Club of Chester County (PA) website).
  • Rand McNally Banker's Directories 1879 – 1935 (Chicago: Rand McNally & Company).
  • Polk's Banker's Encyclopedias 1895 – 1935 (Detroit and New York: Polk Bankers Encyclopedia Co.).
  • James A. Haxby, United States Obsolete Bank Notes 1782-1866 (4 volumes) (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1988).
  • Paper Money Journal, 1962-present (Published by the Society of Paper Money Collectors, spmc.org). Many articles over the years about the history of National & Obsolete Banks and Bankers. An archive of all back issues with search capabilities is online for SPMC members at spmc.org.
  • FDIC, Bank Find History website. https://research2.fdic.gov/bankfind/index.html
  • Wisconsin State Historical Society/Museum (?)
  • WI County Historical Societies (?)
  • Any other on-line research links? (ancestry.com, findagrave.com, newspapers.com)