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Thomas James Robertson
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Birth: Dec. 16, 1897
Columbia
Richland County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Apr. 8, 1975
Columbia
Richland County
South Carolina, USA

From his obituary found in The State 09 April 1975: The retired chairman of the Board of First National Bank of South Carolina, Thomas J. Robertson, 77, of 137 Edisto Ave., died Tuesday in Richland Memorial Hospital. Mr. Robertson was born in Columbia, a son of the late Edwin W. and Evelyn Perkins Robertson. He attended Morristown School and Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., and graduated from Yale University in 1921. He served as commander U.S. Navy in World War II and as Naval Aviation ensign in World War I. He was a member of the First Presbyterial Church. He was a charter member of Forest Lake Club, the Palmetto Club, the Hunt Club and was a member of The Cotillion. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary McNulty Robertson, a son, Maj. Gen. Edwin W. Robertson III of Madrid, Spain; a daughter, Mrs. Joseph H. Torras of Shelburne Falls, Mass.; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Tucker F. Dana of Columbia and Mrs. M. Rodney Culler of Orangeburg; two sisters, Mrs. Edward B. Cantey of Columbia and Mrs. Basil Hwoschinsky of Greenwich, Conn.; and ten grandchildren. Services will be at 4:30 p.m. today in Elmwood Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Dr. Hugh W. McClure III and the Rev. J. Norton Dendy...Mr. Robertson was one of the state's senior bankers. He began in 1921 with the former National Loan and Exchange Bank and became president by 1927. In 1933, he became president of the First National Bank and as president or chairman directed its affairs and growth over the years. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Government Federal Reserve at Charlotte from 1949 to 1954. In the period 1938-1940, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the American Bankers Association. He was president of the South Carolina Bankers Association in 1934 and 1935, after having been vice-president in the two previous years. Mr. Robertson served as treasurer of the South Carolina State Chamber of Commerce, and was a life member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. In 1964, he was chairman of the Columbia phase of the drive for funds to rebuild Columbia College after its disastrous fire that year. Under Mr. Robertson's leadership, the goal of $1,200,000 was exceeded. This included a gift of $75,000 from his family and the bank. He was later honored at the college on "Tom Robertson Day." Under Mr. Robertson's presidency and, subsequently, his chairmanship of the board, the First National bank enjoyed a substantial growth. By the mid-century period, the institution had become statewide in its operations and by the early 1970s, it had slightly more than 50 offices in 21 cities. In 1969, the First Bankshares Corp. was established and became the holding company owning the bank. Mr. Robertson became chairman of the board.

His middle name comes from his own Sons of the American Revolution application found on Ancestry.com. 
 
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 Parents:
  Edwin Wales Robertson (1863 - 1928)
  Evelyn Perkins Titcomb Robertson (1866 - 1952)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary McNulty Robertson (1906 - 1989)
 
 Siblings:
  Evelyn K. Robertson Lyles (1889 - 1969)*
  Helen Robertson Cantey (1891 - 1979)*
  Frances Robertson Hwoschinsky (1896 - 1982)*
  Thomas James Robertson (1897 - 1975)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Transcribed from the book Interment Records of Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia, SC (three volumes)
 
Burial:
Elmwood Memorial Gardens
Columbia
Richland County
South Carolina, USA
Plot: Square 23, Lot 43, Grave 4
 
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Record added: Jan 09, 2013
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Thomas James Robertson
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Thomas James Robertson
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Veteran, US Navy, WWI and WWII, thank you for your service.
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 Added: Feb. 13, 2014
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