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THE INSURANCE PRESIDENTS AND UNDERWRITERS OF

AMERICA.

DANIEL A. HEALD.

In presenting the sketch of Daniel born on the farm of his father, one Addison Heald as the initial of this of the largest and most desirable in series, we have been governed en- the State, at Chester, Vermont, May tirely by the eminent fitness of the 4, 1818. Until. sixteen years of age subject for such distinction. As his life was much the same as that of president of the Home Insurance other boys in those times, doing his Company, and the most conspicu- part in the necessary farm work, and ous fire underwriter of America, and pursuing his studies with the limited also through his long connection opportunities at his command. But with its business, extending over lack of facilities did not deter or more than a third of a century, he is discourage the youthful student ; justly entitled to the prominence ambitious to acquire an education, he which is accorded him.

determinidly proceeded to do so, with Mr. Heald comes of staunch old the result, that, following a two Puritan lineage, his ancestors as far years' preparatory course at Meriden, back as 1635 having left their native New Hampshire, he was admitted to town of Berwick, England, to settle the academical department of Yale in Concord, Massachusetts. His College, and was graduated

graduated with grandfathers, both paternal and honors at the age of twenty-three maternal, took up arms in the war with the class of '41. In his senior for independence, the former having year he read law with Judge Daggett, been in the engagements at Concord of New Haven, and after his graduaBridge, Bunker Hill, and others, tion, for two years with Judge Washwhile the latter was a captain under burn at Ludlow, Vermont. General Washington,

the family 1843; he was admitted to practice in name on this side being Edwards, the courts of Vermont. and a daughter of his marrying Beginning the practice of his proAmos Heald,

of the first fession, he also accepted the agency named, completes the line of ances- of a number of fire-insurance comtry. Daniel Addison Heald is the panies, among them the Ætna and youngest of their children, and was others of Hartford, and conducted

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the business of each so admirably Every dollar of its great losses was that in 1856 the Home Insurance promptly paid. Company, then but three years old, We do not disparage any one of tendered him the position of general the associates of Mr. Heald in this agent, which he accepted, and at once great business

by saying that repaired to New York city, which he through his keen judgement, long made his headquarters. Subsequent experience and untiring zeal have to this, for twelve years, Mr. Heald such results been possible to attain. continued in that capacity, with such He undoubtedly would be accorded credit to himself and satisfaction to the place of the most prominent firethe company, that he was then chosen insurance

the country by its second vice president. Vice presi- each and all in the profession. His dent Wilmarth resigned in 1883, and legal and scientific attainments have was succeeded by Mr. Heald, and in rendered him peculiarly fitted for the 1888, at the annual election, he was place he has had to fill, and the very honored with the office of president prominence of the Home Insurance left vacant by the resignation of Mr. Company, with its great record for Charles J. Martin.

more than thirty-five years, during No better means of judging the which he has had an active part in results of Mr. Heald's earnest efforts its counsels, speak more than volumes in behalf of his company could be of eulogy. Daniel A. Heald and the found, than the statement that when fire-insurance interests of America he first became identified with it the are identical. More than any one capital was but $500,000 and the as- man he has probably sought and sucsets $872.823, while now its capital is ceeded in advancing his interests, so three millions, and its assets nearly that not only its Own,

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other nine millions of dollars. Its annual company's in the country has benefited income is nearly five millions, and its thereby. He was one of the most policies cover property valued prominent movers in the organizaover seven hundred millions. Port- tion of the National Board of Fire land, St. John, N. B., Chicago and Underwriters in 1866, and more than Boston took millions of dollars from

any one

member has contributed the company at the time of their since to its advancement. He has great fires, and while others were been president, or chairman of the failing right and left, the “Home," executive committee since its organisolid and reliable, passed through zation. the fiery ordeal, a little scorched, He has delivered many able adbut very much alive, with the re- dresses before this body, all of which newed and added confidence of show the knowledge and good judgits policy-holders and the public. ment of their able author, and will

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always remain a valuable addition ing than many his junior in years, and to the literature of fire insurance. withal his many and arduous duties, Particular commendation has been cares and responsibilities, his nature made of one delivered at the meeting has not been warped or contracted. of the association at Chicago, in 1880. With a kind word of advice or greet

Mr. Heald has reached the age of ing for all, he inspires the wish that “three score

years and ten,” but he may be spared these many years where this would mean with some an to grace the position to which he has old man, it cannot apply to him. He brought so much honor. is much more active and hard-work

GEO. WILLIAMS TRAVERS.

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REMINISCENCES OF THE THIRTY-SIXTH AND THIRTY-SEVENTH

CONGRESSES.

BY HON. JOHN HUTCHINS, A

MEMBER OF THE THEN TWENTIETH OHIO DISTRICT.

XVII.

The day before Mr. Seward pre- E. Lex and Theodore Cuyler, all able sented this memorial, a petition from men and leaders of public opinion. a committee of workingmen of Phila- Greeley, in his "American Conflict," delphia was presented to Congress, has quoted at considerable length asking the adoption of Mr. Critten- from the speeches made, and also the den's resolutions. A public meeting, resolutions adopted, relating to the numerously attended by business subject for which the meeting was men, about this time, was held in called. He also copies two brief letPhiladelphia,' strongly urging the ters, from the Mayor and Thomas A. adoption by Congress of measures of Andrews, designed to prevent an able conciliation towards the South. This and popular speaker, Geo. W. Curtis, meeting was called by the mayor, from delivering a lecture before the Alexander Henry, who had voted for People's Literary Institute, on the Mr. Lincoln for President, and the subject “The Policy of Honesty." call was issued by the advice of the

This was

on account of the anticouncil, and address by the Mayor slavery opinions of Mr. Curtis; but and Judge George W. Woodward, whether he intended to allude, in his Hon. Joseph R. Ingersoll, Mr. Charles lecture to the question of slavery we

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are not informed. The letters explain Mr. Cameron, Pa., presented a petithe fear that he would do so, hence tion of two hundred and nine citizens they are copied here:

of Alleghany county, in favor of the “OFFICE OF THE MAYOR OF THE CITY /

Union, the Constitution as it is, and OF PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 10, 1860. S the enforcement of all laws." He

"Dear Sir_The appearance of also “presented the petition of the Geo. W. Curtis, Esq., as a lecturer city of Philadelphia, praying the before the People's Literary Insti- adoption of the compromise measures tute, on Thursday evening next, will of Mr. Crittenden." be extremely unwise. If I possessed Mr. Sumner: “I present a memorial the lawful power, I would not permit of citizens and voters of the town of his presence on that occasion.

Hopkinton, Mass., on the state of the “Very respectfully, etc.,

country. This memorial is signed by ALEXANDER HENRY, Mayor. a few, but they speak the prevailing “James G. White, Esq., Chairman.” sentiment of Massachusetts. Any

CONSENT HALL, Dec. II, 1860.' other petitioners from Massachusetts “Dear Sir“I have been officially speak a sentiment which is alien to informed that in the event of George the principles of that commonW. Curtis lecturing in this hall on wealth. It is a sentiment which may Thursday evening next, a riot is an- be found on the pavements of cities; ticipated. Under these circumstances for it is only when you get off those I cannot permit the hall to be used pavements, away from paving stones, on that occasion.

that you find the true sentiments of “Respectfully,

Massachusetts.” Mr. Sumner also 66 THOMAS A. ANDREWS. presented a memorial of citizens of J. W. White, Esq.”

Philadelphia, remonstrating against The anxiety of the people of the the passage of an act of Congress, or free States to avoid war will be shown of any aniendment of the Constituby copying the proceedings, relating tion of the United States, which shall to the then all-absorbing question, of extend human servitude or give new a single day (February 18th) in Con- guarantees. “What our forefathers gress:

would not grant companions and * Mr. Biglow, Pa., presented a peti. fellow-sufferers in the revolution, we tion of the citizens of Bradford coun- hope their sons will not grant to the ty, praying for the adoption of the present holders of slaves.” Mr. Sumcompromise measures proposed by ner also presented a memorial of citiHon. Mr. Crittenden.

zens of Philadelphia, praying Consented the petition of Safe Harbor,

“stand firm for the Union, Lancaster county, Pa., praying for the Constitution as it is and the enthe adoption of the same measures. forcement of the laws.”

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Mr. Douglas: “I am requested to measures. He also presented the pepresent the petition of Jonathan Hud- tition of Elihu Libby, of Windham, son and of many others of Trenton, Maine, praying that a provision be Michigan, without distinction of made to pay for slaves in any State party, praying for the adoption of which may abolish slavery; also, a what is known as the Crittenden petition of Geo. M. Freeman and compromise. I will simply state that others, praying the adoption of the these are men who do not live on the compromise measures, proposed by pavements and are away from paving Hon. Mr. Crittenden. The Vicestones.” Mr. Crittenden presented President presented the following a petition of William G. Bates and memorial: two hundred and sixteen other citi- “ Citizens of Boston, in Common zens of Westfield, Mass., praying for

Council. the adoption of the compromise

“February 7, 1861. measures submitted by him. He also " Resolved, That the City Council of presented a petition of the residents Boston, as the representatives of the of Morgan county, Illinois, praying citizens, in view of the present disfor the adoption of the same meas- tracted state of the country, desire to

Mr. Forten, Conn., presented express their inalienable devotion to a memorial of the citizens of New the Union and the Constitution. London, Conn., praying for the adop- " Resolved, That they respectfully tion of the compromise measures and earnestly memorialize the Senate presented by the representatives of and House of Representatives in the border States. Mr. Dixon, New Congress assembled that such measJersey, presented a memorial of the ures of a pacific and conciliatory citizens of Nesport, Conn., praying character may

be immediately for the speedy adoption of the same adopted as will effectually check the memorial. Mr. Ten Eyke, New Jer- spirit of disunion, and tend to consey, presented a petition in favor of solidate the fraternal bonds of our the Union, the Constitution as it is national brotherhood; and in the and the enforcement of the laws. proposition offered in that behalf by

Mr. Morrill, Maine, presented the Hon. J. J. Crittenden we recognize a memorial of Oliver Moses and other satisfactory basis of adjustment. citizens of Bath, Maine, praying the Resolved, That his honor, the speedy adoption of measures of com- Mayor, be and is hereby requested to promise and conciliation. He also transmit, in behalf of the City Counpresented a memorial of Ruel Will- cil, a copy of these resolutions to the iams and other citizens of Bath, President of the Senate and House of Maine, for the adoption of the same Representatives of the United States,

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