Mary F. Seymour, c. 1893, founder, Union Stenographic  Company. Collection of Ferret Research. Collection of Ferret Research. Alice Foote MacDougall, c. 1922, founder, Alice Foote MacDougall. Collection of Ferret Research.   

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Lillian G. Jones, Bank Cashier

by Mary Goljenboom

Posted on January 8, 2016


The banking career of Lillian G. Jones was uncommon in many ways.

It started in 1910, when Jones took a job as a stenographer at the New York branch of the National Bank of Cuba. She worked her way up, becoming an expert in foreign exchange. This was a critical area for the bank because of its deep involvement in the Cuban sugar trade. A woman with this kind of expertise was rare. Many of the women who went into banking in the late nineteen-teens were hired—at least in part—because of their extensive social networks; they were then taught the necessary banking skills.

Jones’s work was rewarded when, in May 1916, she was appointed assistant cashier of the Bank of Cuba of New York. (It was the same bank, but with a new name due to it becoming a state bank). Jones, then in her mid-20s, was one of the country’s earliest female bank executives.

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