F. C. Hoyt. As a banker in Oklahoma and Southern Kansas F. C. Hoyt is widely known and his financial ability united with his conservative judgment has placed him in the front rank of bankers in the two states. He is now a resident of Wichita and president of the Union State Bank of that city.
Though born in Keokuk County, Iowa, in 1873, Mr. Hoyt was brought by his parents in 1876 to Portis, Osborne County, Kansas, and thus grew up to imbibe the spirit and atmosphere of Kansas life. His education came partly from public schools and partly from Stockton College, and as a youth he learned the printer’s trade. As a journeyman printer he worked in a number of cities throughout the country and had the usual interesting experiences of one who follows that trade.
He was among the early settlers of Oklahoma Territory, and for one year conducted a weekly paper at Taloga in Dewey County. In the same county in 1898 he engaged in the drug business at Seiling, and gave four years to that enterprise. It was at Seiling that he first entered banking, establishing the First National Bank, of which he became president, and he is still at head of that institution, which, however, is only one of the various banks with which his name is identified. In 1902 he organized the First Bank of Cestos, Oklahoma, and was its active manager twelve years. He organized the Bank of Vici at Vici, Oklahoma, of which he is now president, and he is also president of the Exchange State Bank of Burns, Kansas, and is interested in the Neal State Bank of Neal, Kansas, and the Union Stock Yards Bank of Wichita.
In June, 1914, Mr. Hoyt removed from Cestos, Oklahoma, to Wichita, and has since been president of the Union State Bank. Politically he is a republican, and while in Oklahoma was very active in that party and did much toward getting passed the Free Homes and Statehood bills. At various times he was tendered nominations for important state offices, but always refused.