The area that would become Bradenton (originally spelled “Bradentown”) was first explored in 1539 by the Spanish during the famous expedition led by Hernando De Soto. The original town of Bradentown was incorporated on May 19, 1903. The city took the name of Dr. Joseph Braden, whose nearby fort-like house was a refuge for early settlers during Seminole Indian attacks. The current city of Bradenton was formed in 1943, when the Florida legislature merged the cities of Manatee (incorporated in 1888) and Bradentown.
The First National Bank of Bradentown received its charter on August 20, 1912 but originally opened on January 1, 1900 as the Bank of Manatee in Bradentown which was organized in late 1899. The First National Bank was the result of the reorganization of the bank and in 1974 the bank was purchased and renamed the Ellis National Bank. To this day the Ellis Bank of Bradenton serves the people of Bradenton. Only 6 large size notes and 24 small size notes known on this bank.
Signed by C.A. Brook, cash; John T. Campbell, pres.
The First National Bank of Bradentown was issued a charter number of 10245 in August of 1912. Bradentown was the first bank title followed by Bradenton as the second title of this national bank charter.
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Notes & Currency
- 18__ Fernandina $3 Obsolete Note
- 1882 $50 Jacksonville Note Charter #3869
- 1902 $10 Punta Gorda Note Charter #10512
- 1882 $5 Palatka Note Charter #3223
- 1902 $5 Key West Note Charter #7942