The Dinsdales and Chandlers

One often finds that tragedy plants the seeds of triumph. Such is the case with the Dinsdale and Chandler families, two of America’s last, great family banking dynasties. Tragedy struck the Chandlers on February 2, 1875, when family patriarch Charles Quarles Chandler died at the age of 49. He suffered a stroke the prior year in his hometown of Rocheport, Missouri, and was stricken by paralysis. “It was a bitter cold night,” his only son, Charles Quarles Chandler II, later recalled of his father’s death. “I look back now and think of the terrible cloud of sorrow that settled down…

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John Maxfield


John Maxfield is a freelance writer for Bank Director magazine. He was previously the senior banking specialist at The Motley Fool. He regularly writes for Bank Director magazine and BankDirector.com. His work has been syndicated widely to national publications including USA Today, Time and Business Insider, and he’s been a regular guest on CNBC. John has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lewis & Clark College and a juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University. He’s a licensed attorney in the State of Oregon.

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