The First National Bank of Guernsey, Wyoming

The First National Bank of Guernsey, Wyoming

The First National Bank of Guernsey, Wyoming opened in 1900. It was the only bank in Guernsey to nationalize. Today The First National Bank of Guernsey is famous as the shortest lived national banking institution in the state of Wyoming. I generally try to discuss a little bit about a bank’s history, but what can you say about a bank that open for one year and one week?

The First National Bank of Guernsey used charter number 5295. Due to the fact it was open for such a short period of time, it only had the chance to issue one type of notes. The bank printed five, ten, and twenty dollar bills from the series of 1882. Not surprisingly, none of those national bank notes are known to exist today. Most of the times when a note from an unreported bank turns up it creates a stir. It has now been 110 years since The First National Bank of Guernsey closed and no national bank notes have turned up yet.

The short lived First National Bank of Guernsey was run by the Hay father and son team. The patriarch of the family and bank president was Henry Gurley Hay. His son Harry G Hay was the cashier of the bank. The bank only made one Office of the Comptroller of Currency report, which was in 1900. It is safe to assume that no one else ever signed any national bank notes besides the Hays.

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