Canton in Stark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Geo. D. Harter Bank
A Walk with the President
During the McKinley era, the Harter family helped to bring stability to banking in Canton. After the Farmer's Bank, failed in 1844, the town was without any bank until Isaac Harter and three local businessmen formed the Savings Deposit Bank ten years. Later Isaac Harter and his sons bought out the other partners and the institution became the Isaac, Harter and Sons Bank.
By 1866, two sons, Georges and Michael, opened their own bank called the George D. Harter and Brother Bank. George married Elizabeth-Aultman in 1869 and after the death of her father, Cornelius Aultman, in 1884, George was elected his successor as president of the First National Bank.
This existing building, constructed in 1922, can trace its Canton roots to the George D. Harter and Brother Bank, founded by William McKinley's contemporaries. The elegant exterior of this Renaissance revival style structure is dominated by a deeply recessed arch. The facade brings to mind the public buildings of the Romans.
Inspiring inscriptions placed on the interior walls-have been taken from public utterances of President McKinley, including speeches
Erected by McKinley Museum / KeyBank.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1844.
Location. 40° 47.932′ N, 81° 22.457′ W. Marker is in Canton, Ohio, in Stark County. Marker is on Market Avenue North just north of Tuscarawas Street East, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 122 Market Ave N, Canton OH 44702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Meneely Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); 100 Central Plaza North (within shouting distance of this marker); James Murray Spangler (within shouting distance of this marker); Stark County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mayor Stanley A. Cmich (about 400 feet away); Judge Leroy J. Contie, Jr. (about 400 feet away); Ralph Hay Way (about 500 feet away); President McKinley (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.