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Manson Franklin Backus

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Manson Franklin Backus, American banker. member District Committee on Capital Issues, World War. Regent University of Washington, 1909. Trustee Seattle Chamber Commerce.

Background

Backus, Manson Franklin was born on May 11, 1853 in Livonia, New York, United States. Son of Clinton T. and Harriet N. (Groesbeck) Backus.

Education

Graduate Friends’ Academy, Union Springs, New York, 1871. Graduate Central New York Conference Seminary, Cazenovia, New York, 1872. Admitted to New York bar, 1889.

Career

Postmaster, Union Springs, New York, 1881-1885. Moved to Seattle, Washington, 1889. With Edward O. Graves founded Washington National Bank, president, 1900-1906. and now Chairman of the Board of its successor, National Bank of Commerce.

Founded banking house of Graves & Backus (succeeded by 1st National Bank), Bellingham, Washington, 1895. One of organizers of Seattle Clearing House, 1889, and president Seattle Clearing House Association, 1902, 14, 21, 23. One of incorporators Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco.

Director Seattle branch Federal Reserve Bank, 1917-1933. Special commissioner to China. Japan and P.I. for Alaska-Pacific-Yukon Exposition, 1907.

Chairman state committee Military Tr. Camp Association, 1917. Member District Committee on Capital Issues, World War.

Regent University of Washington, 1909. Trustee Seattle Chamber Commerce. Director Seattle Public Library, 1930-1932.

Membership

Member District Committee on Capital Issues, World War. Regent University of Washington, 1909. Trustee Seattle Chamber Commerce.

  • Member of Advisory Board Children's Orthopedic Hospital. Advisory Board Salvation Army (President). Fine Arts Association. Washington Society Sons of the Revolution. Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Japanese Association Clubs: Seattle Golf, Tacoma Country, Arctic, China, Rainier.

Connections

Married Emma C. Yawger (died 1884).; married second, Lue Adams (died 1901). Children: Helen Irene (deceased), Le Roy Manson.

father:
Clinton T. Backus

mother:
Harriet N. (Groesbeck) Backus

spouses:
Emma C. Yawger

Lue Adams

children:
Helen Irene Backus (deceased)

Le Roy Manson Backus