First National Bank Building (Main Street at W. Public Square)
This building was constructed in 1876 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. William B. Smith was born in Barren County on October 25th, 1859. In 1879, he passed an examination in law before Lewis McQuown and Isaac T. Woodson and received license to practice law from Judge
James Garnett. Soon after this, however, he went to Lockhart, Texas, where he published the county newspaper for three years. In 1880, Smith returned to Glasgow and married Annie L. Huggins. In 1883, in connection with J.M. Richardson, he published the Glasgow Times for nine years, with Smith acting as business manager. In 1892, he was elected cashier of the Deposit Bank at Glasgow, to succeed Judge John Ritter, which bank was then in the hands of a receiver. After closing up the affairs of the Deposit Bank in 1892, he in connection with Howe Ralston and S. T. Young, established the First National Bank of Glasgow and was elected its cashier.[i]
[i] A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities, Volume 3; E. Polk Johnson; Lewis Publishing Company, 1912; pg. 1539-1540.
Photo taken in 2010 by Mike Page.