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Biography of Thomas F. King

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Thomas F. King, who has devoted his entire time and attention to the banking business since making his initial step in business circles, is now the cashier of the Exchange National Bank of Muskogee. A native of Ohio, he was born in Marion on the 13th of May, 1886, and is a son of James and Margaret (Martin) King, the latter a sister of T. H. Martin, former mayor of Muskogee. The father was commissioner of public safety under the charter form of government.

With the removal of the family westward, Thomas F. King pursued his more advanced education in the Woodbine Normal School at Woodbine, Iowa, from which he was graduated with the class of 1907. Soon afterward he turned his attention to the banking business, starting in the position of bookkeeper. He has made his home in Muskogee since 1907 and is today a well known and prominent figure in financial circles, having worked his way steadily upward through various intermediate positions to that of cashier of the Exchange National Bank, of which he is also one of the directors. He has closely studied every phase of the business and thoroughness, keen sagacity and earnestness of purpose have been salient features in the attainment of his present-day success.

On the 18th of February, 1915, Mr. King was united in marriage to Miss Cassie Iliff, a daughter of Dr. J. N. Iliff, formerly of Welch, Oklahoma, and now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. King have become parents of two sons: James Iliff, who is three and a half years of age ; and Thomas F., Jr., born October 24, 1921.

In his political views Mr. King has always been a republican since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He and his wife belong to the Bethany Presbyterian church of Muskogee and he is well known in Masonic circles, being treasurer of Oriental Lodge No. 430, A. F. & A. M. He has likewise become a Knight Templar Mason and a member of Bedouin Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. He is loyal to the teachings and purposes of the craft and his aid and influence are ever found on the side of right and progress, whether relating to the individual or to the community at large.

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