In 1834, a branch of the Second State Bank of Indiana - the earliest ancestor of
First Financial Bank - opened to serve the people who had settled in Vigo County
and the Wabash River Valley. Today, First Financial Bank is the oldest national
bank in Indiana and the fifth oldest in the United States, still holding the 47th
charter granted in the United States
Anticipating passage of a state law that would allow multi-bank holding companies,
the bank applied for approval from the Federal Reserve Board to establish such an
entity. It received that approval in February 1983, and First Financial Corporation
became the holding company for what was then Terre Haute First National Bank. In
August 1984, First Financial Corporation became the first multi-bank holding company
in the state of Indiana. The Corporation is the only publicly traded company headquartered
in Vigo County and has been ranked among the top 100 most efficient bank holding
companies in the United States.
Through growth and mergers, First Financial became a strong group of
community banks. In 2003, unification of affiliate banks as First
Financial Bank began. The Morris Plan of Terre Haute and Forrest Sherer
Insurance, members of First Financial Corporation, were not included in
the unification. The Corporation provides a financial services delivery
system consisting of 73 banking centers in eastern Illinois and western
Indiana, multiple insurance offices and more than 100 FirstPlus ATMs. More
than one thousand people work together to support, manage and staff First
Financial facilities in Indiana and Illinois.
The headquarters of First Financial and its holding company, First Financial Corporation,
has remained in Terre Haute, making First Financial Bank the oldest continually
operated business serving the area.
First Financial Corporation stock is traded under the NASDAQ National Market System
symbol of THFF.
Market Value ($M)
$ 0.17 0.50 %
As of November 24, 2014 9:29 AM Minimum 20 minute delay.