Thomas  Wilson  Fleming

          Thomas W. Fleming  was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, November 25, 1847.  He is a son of  Dr. George W. Fleming, who came with his family to Shelbyville in 1851.  The subject of this sketch attended public schools, and was afterward prepared for college by Rev. J. J. Smythe, a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.  The death of his father, however, in March, 1864, compelled Mr. Fleming to abandon his much-cherished ambition to go to college.  During the next four years he was engaged in mercantile pursuits in this city, and in December, 1868, entered the Shelby Bank with  Mr. S. Hamilton.  Having filled all of the positions in each department of the bank, he is thoroughly conversant with its duties and the needs of its patrons.  Upon the death of Mr. Hamilton, in May, 1892, the bank was reorganized, and Mr. Fleming placed at its head.  The Shelby Bank is the oldest financial institution in Shelbyville, and is as strong as the strongest.  For the success which has been achieved by this old and reliable institution, much of the credit is due Mr. Fleming.  He was married to  Miss Anna Rowen  in May, 1873.  They have two children, a son and a daughter.
From an unidentified page in the Fleming family file at the Shelbyville-Shelby County Library.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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