Berney National Bank
The Berney National Bank of Birmingham was founded as the Central Bank of Birmingham on March 26, 1885 by William Berney, the second president of the National Bank of Birmingham and a protege of Charles Linn. Other initial investors included Robert Jemison, L. D. Aylett, Joseph McLester, and Truman H. Aldrich. The initial capital was $50,000.
An ornate building was constructed for the bank on half of a lot owned by Berney on 1st Avenue North between 19th and 20th Streets. It was the first building erected on the block. The other half-lot was sold, and with its appreciation in value, more than paid for Berney's original property investment.
Central Bank was reorganized nine months after its founding as the Berney National Bank of Birmingham with $800,000 in capital stock. A separate Berney Bank of Bessemer was opened by William and his brother Chollet in 1887.
The bank's vice president was Harry L. Badham. W. P. G. Harding served as assistant cashier from 1886 to 1894, when he was promoted to cashier. Two years later he would join the First National Bank of Birmingham as a vice president. Berney National Bank was absorbed by First National in 1901.
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