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Monday, May 17, 2010

William H and Edgar Magness Community House & Library

William H and Edgar Magness Community House & Library

along Main St. in McMinnville, TN

William H. and Edgar Magness Community House & Library; (118 W. Main St.)
Mr. W. H. Magness, Jr. (1865-1936) was a co-founder and the first president of the National Bank of McMinnville in 1874, which became First National Bank in 1905. He was the city's foremost philanthropist, and donated the land and construction cost for this classic and dignified cut-stone building. It was built in 1931 at a cost of $40,000, and is named in honor of the father and brother of Mr. Magness. His other charitable gifts included the construction of the carillon tower of Magness Memorial Baptist Church at 403 North Spring Street. That building burned after his death, and was rebuilt as First Baptist Church. Mr. Magness is buried in Riverside Cemetery.

Mrs. J. M. Cunningham was the local champion of reading and headed the library from 1913 until her death in 1954.


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