John Marshall Holcombe

John Marshall Holcombe

Birth
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 15 Jan 1926 (aged 77)
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 16959960 · View Source
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Father, James Huggins Holcombe, a lawyer in Hartford for many years; clerk of the court and of the House and Senate of Connecticut; later lived in Italy; son of Phineas and Nancy Smith (Huggins) Holcombe; descendant of Thomas Holcombe, who came from England to Dorchester, Mass., in 1635 and later was a settler and deputy in Windsor, Conn.; in the same line of descent as Amasa Holcombe, the distinguished scientist, and the Rev. Frederick Holcombe, eminent divine and founder of Trinity College; other ancestors included three Revolutionary soldiers and other men prominent in early American history, among them being John Webster, one of the early colonial governors of Connecticut, William Phelps, magistrate and deputy to the General Court for many sessions, Edward Griswold, also a magistrate and deputy, and Capt. Joseph Wadsworth, who hid the original charter of Connecticut. Mother, Emily Merrill (Johnson) Holcombe; daughter of General Nathan Johnson (B A. 1802), an officer in the War of 1812 and a member of the State Senate, and Sarah (Merrill) Johnson. Brother, James W Holcombe, *68. Hartford Public High School. Second colloquy appointment Junior year; member Kappa Sigma Epsilon and Wolf's Head. Traveled and read law during first six months after graduation; then entered actuarial department of Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company; appointed actuary in the insurance department of the State of Connecticut in October, 1881, and served as such for three years; since August, 1874, had been connected with Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company of Hartford (assistant secretary 1874-75, secretary 1875-1889, vice-president 1889-1904, president 1904-1924, and chairman of board of directors since 1924); organizer in 1886 of the Fidelity Trust Company, of which he was president from 1896 to 1907 and a director until it was merged into the United States Security Trust Company in 1923, when he became a director in the latter company; president and director.

Mechanics Savings Bank; director American National Bank until its merger with the Phoenix National Bank, after which he was a director in the latter bank; director Connecticut Fire Insurance Company until its merger with Phoenix Insurance Company and then director in the latter company; director National Surety Company of New York and Peck, Stow & Wilcox Company of Southington, Conn.; had taken as important a part in the municipal affairs of Hartford as he had in its business life; brought about the organization of the Board of Health and served on it for many years; member of the Common Council in 1883, and of the Board of Aldermen in 1885, serving as president of both, member Hartford Board of Finance and City Plan Commission; had served as president of Insurance Institute of Hartford, Municipal Arts Society, and Fine Arts Federation; president Hartford Meadows Development Commission at the time of his death; director of Board of Trade and of the Retreat for the Insane (also treasurer of latter for many years); lecturer on insurance at Yale (instrumental in organizing the course) 1907-1914 and special lecturer at Western Reserve University 1913, honorary M A. Yale 1909 and LL.D. Trinity 1920; author of many articles and brochures on insurance matters, some of which have been compiled into a published volume, and of Lectures on Insurance (textbook published in 1908); had contributed to North American Review for many years, secretary Yale Alumni Association of Hartford during the first six years of its existence (1888-1892), vice-president 1892-94, and president the next year; secretary of the Class of 1869 since 1919; charter member and Fellow Actuarial Society of America; honorary member Hartford Life Underwriters' Association; member Society of Colonial Wars, Sons of the American Revolution, Society of the War of 1812, Society of Colonial Governors, executive committee of American Missionary Society, and the First Church of Christ (Congregational), Hartford.

Married January 29, 1873, in Brooklyn, N Y., Emily Seymour, daughter of Edwin Olmsted and Harriet (Brown) Goodwin. Children: Harold Goodwin, '97, Emily Marguerite, and John Marshall, Jr (B.A. 1911, LL.B Harvard 1914) Mrs. Holcombe died March 28, 1923.

Because of Mrs. Holcombe's services to the city of Hartford in the restoration of the Ancient Burying Ground, the Common Council passed a resolution granting permission for two graves, and, as a result, both Mr. and Mrs Holcombe are buried there. Was survived by sons, daughter, and nine grandchildren; his daughter died February 6,1926.


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  • Originally Created by: The Guardian
  • Added: 8 Dec 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16959960
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Marshall Holcombe (8 Jun 1848–15 Jan 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16959960, citing Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .