Howard J. Stoddard

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Howard J Stoddard (1901–1971) was a prominent banker in Michigan. He founded Michigan National Bank by merging several banks in mid-sized Michigan cities.


Stoddard was born in Baker City, Oregon. His father was George E. Stoddard, a business partner of David Eccles. Eccles' wife was Ellen E. Stoddard, a sister of George Stoddard. Thus Howard Stoddard was the cousin of Marriner S. Eccles.

In 1924 Stoddard married Jennie Creer in the Salt Lake Temple.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and donated the money to build a chapel and apartments adjacent to Michigan State University which became the Latter-day Saint Student Living Center.

Stoddard received the Lansing Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award in 1960.[1]

After Stoddard's death, his son Stanford C. Stoddard took over Michigan National Bank.