William A. Atwood and Edwin W. Atwood

Foreword: After reading through Lawrence Gustin’s book on Billy Durant, I noticed a section stating the early investors in General Motors; including W A Atwood and A G Bishop. After some more research I determined these must be William A. Atwood and Arthur Giles Bishop who worked together, along with a few other early GM investors at the Genesee County Savings Bank.

Personal Histories:

William A. Atwood was the father of Edwin W. Atwood. William Atwood was a director at the Genesee County Savings Bank, working at the bank with the like of: William Wallace Crapo, Arthur Giles Bishop, Josiah Dort, Charles Mott, and another early GM investor George C. Wilson.

Edwin Atwood was a politician. He was elected the Mayor of Flint 2 times, and served as a Representative to the Republican National Convention in 1928.

Flint Connection:

Atwood Stadium is a well known football field located in Flint. Although named after Edwin Atwood, he used his father’s fortune to help fund the building.

Photo Credit:  City of Flint webpage

Photo Credit: City of Flint webpage

Atwood Stadium has been in use since 1929. In 1969 they installed artificial turf that would eventually be deemed unsafe and force the closure of the building in 1992. However in 1995 two million dollars was spent renovating the building and installing new, safe turf. The stadium is still in use today.

 

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