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Blanton, John Oliver, Jr.

(born: 1885  -  died: Oct. 9, 1962

John Blanton, Jr. was born in Versailles, KY on Christmas Day 1885, according to his World War I draft registration card; he was the son of John, Sr. and Eliza Blanton [source: 1900 U.S. Federal Census].

Blanton served as president of the American Mutual Savings Bank in Louisville, KY. The building was built by Samuel Plato in 1922, the same year that William H. Wright launched the business. Blanton was also director of the Mammoth Building and Loan Association and a professor of mathematics at Central High School in Louisville for 12 years. Blanton was also involved with the Louisville Urban League, which was founded in 1920.

He and his wife, Carolyn Steward Blanton, were the parents of John W. Blanton.

For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1933-37;  and "John O. Blanton, Jr." at the Friends of Eastern Cemetery website (includes photograph).

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