First Woman's Bank of Tennessee

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First Woman’s Bank of Tennessee was founded by Brenda Vineyard Runyon in Clarksville, Tennessee, in 1919. The bank was the first bank in the United States to be managed and directed entirely by women.[1] Runyon resigned her position in 1926 due to failing health and was unable to secure a successor. The First Trust and Savings Bank of Clarksville absorbed the bank in 1926.


  1. ^ Gray, Warren P. (1948, 2007 reprint.The Development of Banking in Tennessee, p. 59. Capricorn House Publishers.