Carl Brooks Early

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Elizabeth Burns
January 1, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II,
pg. 211-212

Carl Brooks Early. While age and ripened experience are usually assumed
in relation to exceptional business responsibilities, it has been proved
that they are not absolutely essential in all cases. An example may be
cited in Carl Brooks Early, cashier of the National Bank of Commerce at
Williamson, West Virginia. Mr. Early in addition to this responsible
position occupies numerous others, which identify him officially with
industries and undertakings of great magnitude in West Virginia.

Carl Brooks Early was born in Giles County, Virginia, August 27, 1890,
and is a son of David A. and Sarah (Brooks) Early, one of their family
of three sons and two daughters. His father was born in Pulaski County,
Virginia, December 20, 1854, a member of an early settled family there
of Scotch-Irish extraction. The mother of Mr. Early was born in Giles
County, Virginia, June 13, 1859 and now resides at Bluefield, West

Carl B. Early had excellent school privileges. His preference was for a
business rather than professional life and his capacity was first tested
as a clerk in the employ of the Pulasky Mining Company at Pulaski,
Virginia, where he remained until 1909, when he went to Bluefield, West
Virginia, as bookkeeper in the First National Bank, which position he
resigned in September 1910, in order to accept that of assistant cashier
in the First National Bank at Welch, West Virginia, where he continued
until July 1916, at which time he came to Williamson and entered upon
his duties as cashier of the National Bank of Commerce.

By the summer of 1918, Mr. Early had become well and favorably known in
banking circles throughout the state, but on August 3 of that year he
enlisted for service in the World war, like many other patriotic young
men unselfishly setting aside all matters of personal importance in the
face of the great calamity that had fallen upon his country. He was
given rank as first lieutenant and ordered to Washington, D.C. where he
remained until February 1, 1919 and until his honorable discharge
performed the duties of disbursing officer at Saltville, Virginia. He
returned then to Williamson and resumed his duties as cashier and
director of the National Bank of Commerce. Other official positions
which claim his time and attention include: Treasurer of the
Indian-Pocahontas Coal Company; treasurer of the Indian Fuel Company;
treasurer of the Valley Investment Company; vice president and treasurer
of Harkins and Company and treasurer of the Pigeon Creek Realty
Company. In the management of the business pertaining to these various
important concerns, Mr. Early has displayed acumen and foresight that
would be creditable to a veteran captain of industry.

In political life Mr. Early is a republican. For several years he has
been a member of the Board of Review and Equalization of Mingo County.
He is a member of McDowell Lodge, No. 112, F. and A.M. Howard Chapter,
No 28, R.A.M; Bluefield Commandery and the Mystic Shrine at Charleston.
He belongs to Post Ephraim Boggs No. 49, American Legion and to the
Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club.