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 J. Maxfield is a contributor for Bank Director magazine.