Former Trustee & South Bend's First Bank President, John Brownfield, is Recalled
January 28, 2018
"January marks the 128th anniversary of the death of one of South Bend’s earliest merchants, John Brownfield," notes the South Bend Tribune. A native of Uniontown, Pennsyvania, he moved to South Bend and built a store in 1834. "When the South Bend branch of the Indiana State Bank was established, Brownfield was its first president. He established the South Bend National Bank, serving as its president until the bank closed."
The newspaper points out that Brownfield "was also a long-time trustee on the board of Asbury College, now known as DePauw University," and served as fire chief of South Bend.
He died in 1890.
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