NEW ORLEANS - Whitney Holding Corp. said Tuesday that it plans to buy $93 million-asset First Ascension Bancorp, the holding company for First National Bank of Gonzales, La., for $22.1 million.

First National has four branches in Ascension, Louisiana's fourth-largest parish. William L. Marks, chairman and chief executive officer of $5.8 billion-asset Whitney Holding, said the deal would double its market share there.

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