For more than 160 years, First National Bank has maintained its commitment to helping to build strong communities.
We don’t claim to have been the primary builders of the communities we serve. Many people over many generations did that with their hard work, dedication and vision. But a local bank that understands and embraces the community’s vision can make a big difference, and we are firm in our commitment to these principles.
First National Bank is proud of our history. We were founded in 1857 by two brothers – Herman and Augustus Kountze. Though our founders were engaged in the rough-and-tumble business of the pioneers, they created an innovative and forward-looking organization. We were among the first banks to issue credit cards – long before most other banks did – and we were the first U.S. company to use fuel cell technology as its primary power source. That’s how we approach the future, as well, and we hope you will take the journey with us.
The Kountze brothers envisioned that their bank would succeed and have a positive impact on the communities they served. We continue to harbor big dreams for the future of the communities we serve, just like Herman and Augustus did.