Birmingham Trust National Bank
- This article is about the local bank before its transition into the regional SouthTrust Bank.
The bank, the sixth to be chartered in Birmingham, was founded on December 9, 1887 as Birmingham Trust and Savings Company with $500,000 in capital. It moved into offices in the Elyton Land Co. building on 20th Street North on June 20, 1888. The first board of directors was headed by Henry Caldwell with Samuel Murphy as vice-president and M. G. Hudson as cashier.
From 1891 to 1901 it leased offices in the Morris Block at 19th Street and 1st Avenue North. It constructed a banking office at 112 20th Street North in 1902, and rebuilt it as a monumental Neoclassical structure in 1922.
The name was changed to Birmingham Trust National Bank (BTNB) when it secured a national charter in 1946. It opened its first "neighborhood branches" in East Lake, Mountain Brook, and Five Points West in the late 1940s and early 1950s. A new BTNB Southside office was completed at 24th Street and 6th Avenue South in 1955.
BTNB was the first financial institution in the nation to introduce what was termed at the time an "automated central information system" in 1971. It trademarked the term "Anytime Teller" for its first automated teller machines in 1978. Voice actor June Wetzel provided the pre-recorded audio prompts that distinguished the service.
- Henry Caldwell, 1887–1889
- William Graves, 1889–1890
- Paul Earle, 1890–1900
- Arthur W. Smith, 1900–
- T. O. Smith, –1925
- Walter Henley, 1925–
- Frank Plummer, 1960
- BJCC branch, 1040 19th Street North
- East Lake branch, 7324 1st Avenue North, East Lake (before 1960)
- Eastwood branch, 5389 Oporto-Madrid Boulevard, Eastwood
- Five Points West branch, 2136 Bessemer Road, Five Points West (before 1960)
- North Birmingham branch, 2921 26th Street North, North Birmingham (before 1960)
- Mountain Brook branch, 2903 Cahaba Road, Mountain Brook Village (before 1960)
- Southside office, 2401 6th Avenue South, Southside (opened 1955)
- Vestavia Hills branch, 724 Montgomery Highway (before 1960)
- Homewood branch, 1725 28th Avenue South (opened 1960)
- Hoover branch, 1600 Montgomery Highway (before 1960)
- Midfield branch (opened 1960)
- North Alabama (Illustrated) (1888) Birmingham: Southern Commercial Publishing Co.
- Cruikshank, George H. (1920) History of Birmingham and Its Environs: A Narrative Account of Their Historical Progress, Their People, and Their Principal Interests 2 volumes. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. - via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections, pp. 321-322
- SouthTrust Bank website - accessed October 6, 2006