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Winston, Nathaniel Taylor



  • Existence: 1895-1961

Nat T. (Nathaniel Taylor) Winston (June 21, 1895 - June 18, 1961) was a native of Bristol, Tennessee, a prominent East Tennessee businessman and a strong proponent of Tennessee conservation. Born to John Hastings and Mary Wingfield Taylor Winston, Nat T. Winston was raised in north-eastern Tennessee and attended Bristol Tennessee High School. Upon graduation he enrolled in Bethany Institute, Pennsylvania(1) and later continued his secondary education at King College, Bristol, Tennessee, and Milligan College, Milligan College, Tennessee, sometime between 1910 and 1920. In 1923 he moved to Johnson City, Tennessee, and two years later married Naomi Frances Coblentz.

In 1925 Nat T. Winston formed the Johnson City Home Federal Savings and Loan Association and became its president. He remained the Johnson City bank's president for twenty-five years and was instrumental in the opening of branch offices in both Kingsport and Greeneville, Tennessee. During his tenure as bank president, Winston served as a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of Cincinnati, Ohio and in 1960 was appointed to the Federal Savings and Loan League Committee.

Outside of his professional activities, Nathaniel Winston was a great lover of the outdoors. He traveled extensively throughout North America, hunting and fishing from the Arctic Circle to Mexico, but he preferred the mountains of East Tennessee. He wrote a book entitled, Hit Haint the Fish, and several articles on his experiences as an outdoorsman and the need for better conservation of Tennessee's natural resources. He organized the Unaka Rod and Gun Club and served as its president. For his continuous conservation activities the state of Tennessee awarded him the Cartter PattenAward. He also served as president of the Johnson City Rotary Club and in 1952 as the president of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce. He also was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City.

1. It is quite likely the Bethany Institute listed in the Nat T. Winston obituary, Johnson City Press Chronical June 9, 1961, is in acuality Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia. The town is located on the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border north of Wheeling, West Virginia; and is quite possible someone thought the institute was located in Pennsylvania.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Nat T. Winston Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-178
Arrangement The collection is divided into two series: Series 1, Correspondence and Memorabilia, 1781-1967 and Series 2: personal Family Effects, 1796-1903.