History Of First National Bank

History Of First National Bank,  In 1864 the Civil War was raging on, Abraham Lincoln was re-elected to the presidency of the United States; Bremer County’s first bank, Johnson & Leavit Bankers & Brokers, opened their doors in Waverly, Iowa. The town was growing, land was selling for $2-$4 per acre, the railroad had just arrived, and Civil War veterans were encouraged to come to Waverly, a growing trading center in the area.

 The first building was a small, one-story building at 120 E. Bremer.

In 1876, the bank was renamed to Bank of Waverly, but in 1884 it was incorporated and became First National Bank of Waverly. It now resided at 98 E. Bremer, one of the first
two-story buildings in Waverly.

In 1949, First National Bank and Waverly Savings Bank merged. They kept the First National Bank name, and determined that unlike other banks, 75% of the bank’s stock was to be owned by local residents.
Nobody would have majority control of the bank.

A Waverly West branch opened in 1966, but by the 1970s, the 100 E. Bremer location no longer had enough room to house the bank. So in July 1980, ground was broken on a new location at 316 E. Bremer, the current main office location.Shortly after, in 1985, the West location moved to 921 West Bremer, its current location.

In 1998, First National Bank purchased Farmers State Bank of Plainfield, allowing FNB to expand outside of Waverly for the first time.

Shortly after, also in 1998, First National Bank opened a branch in Cedar Falls at First and Magnolia. Since then, FNB has moved its main Cedar Falls location to 602 Main St, and added another West Cedar Falls office at Whitetail Dr.

Today, in a financial world ruled by acquisitions and mergers; where bigger is often looked at as better; First National Bank has remained locally-owned and community focused. Over 150 years after Johnson & Leavit first opened their doors, First National Bank remains your community bank ~ Serving You First.



FNB got its start in a home in Greenville, Pennsylvania, in 1864. Today, we are the second largest bank based in Pennsylvania by assets and are recognized as a leader in innovation across our growing six-state footprint.

While there have been many changes since our humble beginnings, our focus on doing what’s right for our customers and communities continues to define us today as it did at our very beginning. Here’s a brief timeline of FNB’s journey from our roots as a largely rural institution to become one of the 50 largest bank holding companies based in the U.S. by total assets.

  • 1864: First National Bank is founded in Greenville, Pennsylvania, as The First National Bank of West Greenville. The Bank operates out of the house of the first Bank President Samuel P. Johnston.
  • 1884: Re-chartered as The First National Bank of Greenville, the bank will remain a fixture in Mercer County through World War I, the Great Depression and World War II.
  • 1946: Assets grow to approximately $2 million.
  • 1974: F.N.B. Corporation is established as a financial services holding company for a growing family of business entities that today includes:
    • The Bank
    • First National Insurance Agency, established in 1998
    • F.N.B. Wealth Management, established in 1998
  • 1992: The Bank becomes First National Bank of Pennsylvania following a successful merger in northwestern Pennsylvania.
  • 2003: F.N.B. Corporation, with assets of $4.6 billion and more than 125 locations, begins trading common shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “FNB.”
  • 2005: Current Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Vincent J. Delie, Jr., joins FNB as President of the Pittsburgh Region. Delie was named CEO in 2012.
  • 2005-2016: FNB completes 14 acquisitions and achieves top retail deposit share in three major metropolitan statistical areas: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Cleveland, Ohio; and Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 2014: FNB officially moves its corporate headquarters to Pittsburgh from Hermitage, Pennsylvania.
  • 2016: FNB exceeds a milestone $20 billion in assets, making it the second largest bank based in Pittsburgh and across the state of Pennsylvania by assets.
  • 2017: FNB begins serving customers in the Southeastern U.S as it expands into North Carolina and South Carolina through a merger with Yadkin Financial Corporation.