Winston, Nat T. (Nathaniel Taylor), 1895-1961
- 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 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 titled 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 Carter Patten Award. 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.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
The records of the Rotary Club consist of a collection of organizational records.
The Nat T. Winston Papers consist of documents from, by, and about the Taylor and Winston families of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The papers include correspondence, land deeds, diplomas, receipts, and other memorabilia. There are two documents concerning enslaved people: A collateral bond and an agreement between Winston family members pertaining to property.