First National Bank was chartered in 1887 by Texas Pioneers Dan Cogdell, John Traylor, E.A. Hannaford, Jess Baker and James H. Doyle.
While the early years of the Bank’s existence were economically prosperous for the area, the Great Depression and droughts of the 1930’s would soon have a negative impact on the community. However, First National Bank persevered through this time and gave the community a sense of hope. We even assumed the accounts of the City National Bank as it fell victim to the times, saving many Granbury residents their hard earned money.
First National Bank continued to grow through the years and serve the community wherever needed, becoming a pillar of strength to the area. During World War II the Bank’s President, Jake Green, served as the chairman of the War Bond Drive, helping accumulate funds for the effort. During the 1960’s the Bank’s Presidents, Henry Zweifel and John S. Luton, as well as Director Norma Crawford, worked hard to bring the damming of the Brazos River to form Lake Granbury, which has had an enormous impact on Hood County. Mrs. Crawford also led the drive to bring renovation to Granbury’s historical square, which is a strong tourist attraction still today.
By the late 1980’s, the Bank began to branch out and provide the community with more convenient locations. Today there are six First National Bank locations in Hood County, helping provide a major source of employment and economic activity for the area. In 2017 the bank opened its first full service branch outside of Hood County with our Nolan River Banking Center in Cleburne, Texas.
As in the beginning, First National Bank is still a locally owned community bank with its focus on serving the community. While adapting and staying up to date with modern day technologies has helped First National Bank persevere through the years, our real secret to success has been our strong integrity and honesty in our banking relationships, and our continued service to Hood, Johnson, and surrounding areas. If you want friendly, personal, comfortable banking, stop by and visit any one of First National’s offices, where bankers treat customers like family, as we have done since 1887.