Here’s some info on Thomas Wrenne:

Tennessee the Volunteer State 1769-1923: Volume 4

Colonel Thomas William Wrenne is widely and prominently known in the fields of banking and the law. He has been and is identified with many corporate interests which have been of vital force in promoting the progress and upbuilding of the state and he has also been closely associated with various activities from which he has derived no personal benefit but in which the public has been the direct beneficiary. Mr. Wrenne came to Tennessee from Rockbridge county, Virginia, where he was born December 1, 1851, his parents being John and Margaret (Roche) Wrenne. Brought to Nashville in his early youth, he was graduated from the high school of this city with the class of 1870 and in the same year he entered actively upon life's duties and responsibilities by becoming a clerk in the chancery court at Nashville, a position which he occupied for five years. Gradually his interests have broadened and developed in scope, volume and importance. In 1875 he became superintendent and secretary and treasurer of the South Nashville Street Railroad, with which he was thus identified until 1882. In the succeeding period of six years he served as clerk and master of the chancery court and also as receiver of the Bank of Tennessee and thus entered into close relation with financial interests, which have largely claimed his time and attention through the intervening period. In 1888 he was elected to the presidency of the McGavock & Mt. Vernon Railroad Company and during his incumbency in that position he was instrumental in electrifying the road and consolidating it with several other companies into one important corporation. He likewise inaugurated the passenger transfer system. It was also in the year 1888 that he was called to the presidency of the Nashville Abstract Company, which position he occupied until 1894. In that year he organized the Nashville Title Company, of which he was chosen president, continuing at the head of the business until 1911. In 1899 he organized the firm of Thomas W. Wrenne & Company for the conduct of a banking business, of which he has since been the chief executive. This is today one of the old and time-honored financial institutions of Nashville, having from the beginning enjoyed a most enviable reputation for stability and progressiveness. Since its organization Mr. Wrenne has served as president of the bank and from the outset has ever recognized the fact that the financial institution is most worthy of support and patronage which most closely safeguards the interests of its depositors. He has, therefore, been conservative in placing loans and investments and at the same time his sound judgment in such matters has always prevented a useless restriction, so that progressiveness has never been hampered. In 1899 Mr. Wrenne became the manager of the loan agency of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and has continued in that connection through the intervening period as representative of the corporation in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia, whereby millions of dollars have been invested by the company in the states mentioned.

In 1870 Mr. Wrenne was united in marriage to Miss Clara Virginia Hebenstreit of Nashville and they became parents of a daughter, Tommie Wrenne. She is now the wife of Dr. William D. Sumpter of Nashville and the mother of four children, Clara Wrenne, Thomas Wrenne, Mary Rhea and William D. Sumpter.

Not only have business and home interests made demands upon the time and ability of Mr. Wrenne, but public affairs have also claimed considerable of his attention and he has rendered to the state signal service in many connections. He served on the staff of Governor M. R. Patterson with the rank of colonel from 1907 until 1911 and was a member of the staff of Governor Tom C. Rye with the rank of colonel from 1915 until 1918. He received a similar appointment from Governor A. H. Roberts, serving in 1919 and 1920 and was again made a member of the governor's staff by Alfred A. Taylor for service in 1921 and 1922. His first political position was that of member of the city council of Nashville, to which office he was called in 1877 for a two years' term. In 1879 he became a member of the board of education and continued in that position until 1891. He has rendered valuable aid in connection with many important public projects. In 1896 he served as a director of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition and vice chairman of the reception committee in charge of those features which marked the opening exercises of the exposition. He is a director of the Carnegie Library at Nashville and in 1907 he was made chairman of the committee of arrangements, having in charge the reception tendered President Roosevelt. In 1910 he was executive officer in charge of the exercises held under the auspices of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the dedication of the monument on the Public Square of Nashville, erected to the memory of soldiers of the American Revolution buried in Tennessee. He has served on the Nashville humane commission and for years was continuously chairman of the board and is also the author of the measure which enacted the law establishing the commission. This was the first provision made by law in Tennessee and probably elsewhere in America, whereby the state provided not only for the maintenance and support of that feature of humane work, the protection and care of animals by appropriating funds raised by taxation for the purpose, but also for the care, protection and maintenance of men, women and children.

When in February, 1912, General Sir Robert S. S. Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts organization, visited Nashville, Mr. Wrenne was made chairman of the committee of arrangements, having in charge the reception tendered him. He was a member of the American committee for the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of peace among English speaking peoples in 1914 and 1915 and he was grand marshal in connection with the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of Jackson's victory at Chalmette Plains, popularly known as the battle of New Orleans, on the 8th of January, 1814. This was featured at Nashville, on the 8th of January, 1915. In 1908 Mr. Wrenne was elected the first president of the Nashville High School Alumni Association and is again filling the position at this writing (in 1922). He has served as president of the first Tuberculosis League of Nashville and also of Tennessee and he was chairman of the military committee of Nashville and Davidson county of the Council of Defense, during the World war period. He acted as chairman of the parade feature in connection with the reception tendered by Nashville and Tennessee to the World war veterans in March and April, 1919, and has been prominent in connection with various other public affairs, which have figured in the life of the capital and the commonwealth. He is well known as the author of an article entitled “Ireland's Sons in Tennessee,” published in the ninety-eighth anniversary edition of the Nashville American in 1910. In club circles, too, he is prominently known, belonging to the Hermitage, Nashville Press, Art and Commercial clubs. His life has largely been one of public service, and city and state have benefited greatly through his cooperation with interests of public importance.

Charles A. Leach

My wife’s great grandfather was David Wrenne, Sr., who became president of the bank when Thomas died in 1927. David, Sr. died in 1928 and David, Jr. became president - David, Jr. was president when the bank failed (not sure the exact year it failed).


Thanks Charles!-Marty

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