William Thomas Baynard

He is a marked example of the opportunities for a successful business career that are available in St. Petersburg for young men. Mr. Baynard is one of the youngest men of large affairs in the city.

Besides being manager of the insurance and real estate business of Baynard & Thorn, he is the director of the Ninth Street Bank & Trust company, director of the West Coast Title company, president of the Florida Funeral company, treasurer and director Florida West Coast corporation, treasurer Alhambra Arcade, treasurer Mirror Lake company, associate director Victor National Life Insurance company.

Being such a busy man he is naturally interested in the welfare of the city and is identified with the Y. M. C. A. as one of its directors. He was first secretary of the local “Y” when it was organized.

He has been identified with financial activities since graduating from the Spartan High school in Landrum, S. C., his home city. On leaving school he became assistant cashier of the Bank of Landrum. From information acquired from acquaintances interested in St. Petersburg he gained the idea that the Sunshine City was a pretty good place for a young man to get a real start in life. So he came here and became a clerk in the A. C. L. offices. On the organization of the American Bank and Trust company, he entered the institution as a teller. He filled all the various positions the bank had to offer up to that of the manager of the trust department, during six and a half years service. Then he entered a partnership with John Thorn in his present business.

He was born in Mill Springs, S. C. June8, 1894, and was married in St. Petersburg to Bessie Lee Henry October 5, 1914. He is a Mason and a member of the Kiwanis club, as well as a trustee of the Grace Baptist church. He likes all sports, especially baseball and football, but he dislikes most of all to make a speech. His favorite authors are O. Henry, Rudyard Kipling and Macaulay the English historian.

He believes that larger parks and more of them are St. Petersburg’s greatest needs. He favors a large appropriation to extend such recreational facilities in the city.

His tabloid recipe for business success is: “Sincerity and honesty with the public. The man who is successful must first sell himself, then it is easy to sell anything you have to offer. Never make a promise or a statement you cannot back up.”

Source: Evening Independent: 1-3-1924

Transcribed, Formatted and Submitted by Linda Flowers 


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