Alpheus Branch and Thomas Jefferson Hadley create Branch and Hadley.
Branch buys Hadley’s interest in the bank for $81,000 and changes the bank's name to Branch and Company, Bankers.
Branch, his father-in-law Gen. Barnes, Hadley, J.F. Bruton, R.L. Thompson and Walter Brodie charter Wilson Banking and Trust Company (later amended to the State Bank of Wilson and later to The Branch Banking Company).
The name of the bank is changed to Branch Banking and Trust Company.
BB&T merges with Winston-Salem-based Southern National Corp., the state’s fifth largest bank-holding company, and moves its headquarters to Winston-Salem. Over the next 20 years, the bank grows rapidly, acquiring banks throughout the Southeast.
BB&T spends $3.4 billion to buy First Virginia Banks Inc., its biggest acquisition to date.
BB&T takes over Colonial BancGroup Inc. of Birmingham, Ala., in deal brokered by Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. during heart of Great Recession of 2008-11.
BB&T expands into Pennsylvania with $2.5 billion deal for Susquehanna Bancshares Inc., and a $1.8 billion deal for National Penn Bancshares Inc.
BB&T and SunTrust Banks Inc. announce $66 billion deal in which BB&T shareholders would own 57 percent of combined bank.
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