|Robert Driscoll, Sr., a graduate of Lead High School, received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his M.A. from Harvard University. The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology honored him for Meritorious Achievement in 1952. Known as “Mr. Black Hills,” Bob Driscoll, at one time or another, was a director of each independent bank in the Black Hills that today make up what is now the First National Bank of the Black Hills. He served as president of several of those banks.
When Northwest Bancorporation came into existence, Driscoll was active in the organization of that bank holding company, serving as a director of Northwest Bancorporation for several years and was chairman of the Advisory Council for three terms. He supervised the acquisition by Northwest Bancorporation of the Black Hills’ banks and later the organization of the branch banking system in South Dakota. He was responsible for the adoption of legislation in 1933, which made branch banking possible in this state. <p>Driscoll became president of the First National Bank of Lead in 1932 and in 1938 became president of the First National Bank of the Black Hills. During this period he was a member of the Board of Directors and became chairman of the Board of Directors in 1951. He left active participation in the First National Bank of the Black Hills in 1953 but remained a member of the board of directors and at the time of his death was honorary chairman of the board of the First National Bank of the Black Hills. <p>During his life, “Old Bob” as he was known throughout South Dakota, was one of the state’s best known business and civic leaders. Active in politics all his life, he was Republican County Chairman, a member of the South Dakota State Legislature and was a delegate to a number of Republican national conventions. He was president of the South Dakota Bankers Association and a member of the Executive Council of the American Bankers Association. From 1940 to 1945, he was county chairman of the war bond drive. He served as a director of the American Colloid Company, Western Airlines, and the Mount Rushmore Memorial Society. He was also a director of the Alex Johnson Hotel Company, the Bald Mountain Mining Company and the Hearst Mercantile Company. <p>Bob Driscoll has written a number of books, one, which is considered an authority on banking in the area, is titled, Seventy Years of Banking in the Black Hills. Driscoll traveled throughout the nation and the world and wherever he had been, earned his title as “Mr. Black Hills.” <p>
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