About Us

Chief TonganoxieThe Legendary Chief

Chief Tonganoxie was a man of peace. He chose to settle in an area that is now part of Southern Leavenworth County because of an abundance of timber, water and game. He shared the abundance of the land by offering meals, water and rest to travelers passing by his lodge. His hospitality was legendary.

The Chief's image is synonymous with our bank values of listening, helping and being community driven. Our goal is to take care of our customers better than anyone else in every community that we serve.

History & Corporate Philosophy

First State Bank & Trust is an independent financial institution headquartered in Tonganoxie, Kansas. The bank has a long history of community service since its original charter in 1934, and that service continues today in our locations in Tonganoxie, Basehor, Lawrence, Perry, and Kansas City, Kansas. Owned by the current group of local stockholders since 1979, the owners and staff have made a commitment to remain independent and to maintain the spirit of excellence and service that is so important to the organization.

1934 Originally First National Bank, First State Bank of Tonganoxie was Chartered on November 14, 1934 with assets $181,208.
1979 The current group of investors become shareholders and are elected as directors.
1982 First State Bank of Tonganoxie changes its corporate name to First State Bank & Trust.
1984 50th Anniversary of the Bank with assets $31,192,216.
1990 January 27th Basehor, Kansas Bank opens.
1997 Bank in Lawrence, Kansas opens.
1998 Second location opens in Tonganoxie, Kansas.
2001 Second location opens in Lawrence, Kansas.
2002 Merger with the Bank of Perry.
2007 New bank building in Basehor completed.
2008 First Legend Bank & Trust, a branch of First State Bank & Trust opens (Kansas City, KS).
2009 75th Anniversary of First State Bank & Trust.