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Our History

Over one hundred years later, First United is one of the nation's premier financial institutions offering a full range of personal banking, commercial, wealth management, insurance and mortgage products and services to customers with over 30 locations throughout Oklahoma and Texas. We are recognized as one of the largest, well-capitalized banking organizations in the Southwest region of the United States with assets of more than $3 billion. And, we're one of the largest privately held community banking organizations in the country.

1900

October 2, 1900

First United Bank & Trust opened its doors in Blue County, Choctaw Nation Territory (now known as Durant, Oklahoma).

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1903

Wright brothers invent the airplane.

1908

Ford Model T mass-produced automobile is introduced.

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1914

World War I, called the Great War, begins.

1915

In 1915, Durant National Bank absorbed eight banks in the Oklahoma region and in 1916 constructed a new building in Durant at 2nd & Main Streets.

1917

The United States joins World War I.

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1920

The first radio stations are set up in the United States.

1920

19th Amendment is ratified, giving women the right to vote.

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October 24, 1929

The Wall Street Crash, setting off the Great Depression.

Sept. 3, 1939

World War II begins as Britain and France declare war on Germany after the invasion of Poland.

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June 6, 1944

D-Day, the greatest military invasion in history.

1950

The Korean War begins.

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1953

"Crazy Man, Crazy" by Bill Haley becomes the first rock & roll hit song.

1963

In 1963 Durant National Bank was renamed to Durant Bank & Trust, Becoming one of the first banks in Oklahoma to have full trust powers.

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July 2, 1964

President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act.

1965

State Senator John Massey joined the DB&T Board of Directors in 1965.

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June 13, 1966

Miranda v. Arizona: Landmark Supreme Court decision further defines due process clause of Fourteenth Amendment and establishes Miranda rights.

April 4, 1968

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., is assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.

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July 20, 1969

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, Jr., become the first men to land on the Moon

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January 1, 1979

U.S. establishes diplomatic ties with mainland China for the first time since Communist takeover in 1949 (Jan. 1).

January 20, 1980

President Carter announces that U.S. athletes will not attend Summer Olympics in Moscow unless Soviet Union withdraws from Afghanistan

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January 28, 1986

Space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven crew members. It is the worst accident in the history of the U.S. space program.

1986

In 1986, John Massey became the majority shareholder and CEO of Durant Bank & Trust. The bank at this time was $85 million in assets.

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June 12, 1987

In a speech in Berlin, President Reagan challenges Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall" and open Eastern Europe to political and economic reform.

January 16 – February 28, 1991

Persian Gulf War: U.S. leads international coalition in military operation (code named "Desert Storm") to drive Iraqis out of Kuwait.

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February 1, 1992

Following the breakup of the Soviet Union in Dec. 1991, President Bush and Russian president Boris Yeltsin meet at Camp David and formally declare an end to the cold war.

April 19, 1995

Bombing of federal office building in Oklahoma City kills 168 people.

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1998

In 1998, DB&T became the First United Bank & Trust we know today.

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September 11, 2001

Two hijacked jetliners ram twin towers of World Trade Center in worst terrorist attack against U.S.; a third hijacked plane flies into the Pentagon, and a fourth crashes in rural Pennsylvania. More than 3,000 people die in the attacks.

February 1, 2003

Space shuttle Columbia explodes upon reentry into Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts on board.

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March 19, 2003

War waged by the U.S. and Britain against Iraq begins.

May 28, 2003

President Bush signs $350 billion tax-cut bill.

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2003

Greg Massey, joined the bank in 1990 and became CEO in 2003. Acquisitions were taking place throughout this time, and in 2003, First United had 18 locations in Oklahoma.

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