WESTERLY, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 2, 2005--Washington Trust
Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: WASH), has announced that its Annual Meeting of
shareholders will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2005. The record date
for the Annual Meeting is February 25, 2005. The meeting will be held
at the Westerly Public Library, beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight
Time. The Library is located at 44 Broad Street in downtown Westerly,
across the street from Washington Trust's corporate headquarters.
Proxy statements, 2004 Annual Reports to Shareholders, Annual
Reports on Form 10-K for the year-ended December 31, 2004 and voting
materials and meeting information will be mailed to shareholders of
record as of February 25, 2005 commencing on or about March 18, 2005.
Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company of The
Washington Trust Company, a Rhode Island chartered community bank
founded in 1800. The Bank offers a full range of financial services,
including trust and investment management, through its offices in
Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut. Washington Trust Bancorp,
Inc.'s common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market(R) under the
symbol WASH. Investment information about the Corporation is available
on the Internet at www.washtrust.com.
CONTACT: Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc.
Elizabeth B. Eckel, 401-348-1309
SOURCE: Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc.