|FIREMAN'S FUND - OUR PEOPLE
Connect with audiences by retelling the stories of key figures in Firemans Fund history. These biographies of business and civic leaders offer colorful examples suitable for any occasion from marketing to internal presentations. Their triumphs will inspire through human interest.
An original "49er," Barton moved to California for the gold rush, but found his fortune in the manufacture of salt while joining the original board of directors at Firemans Fund.
Charles R. Bishop
Later a director of Firemans Fund, Bishop moved from New York to Hawaii in 1846, married into the kingdoms royalty and earned great wealth as its leading banker.
A successful early newspaper publisher and civic leader, Brannan was Californias first millionaire by the 1840s, and he became a founding member of Firemans Fund.
Coleman arrived in California in 1850 looking for gold, but operated mines and the Narrow Gauge Railroad before serving on the Funds board for 27 consecutive years.
James F. Crafts
In 1946, Crafts was named president of Firemans Fund and became the youngest man ever to head a national group of property and liability insurance companies.
Henry Lee Dodge
Dodge was a practicing lawyer before helping found Firemans Fund in 1863. He went on to a distinguished career of civic service in San Francisco.
George D. Dornin
A prominent officer of Firemans Fund, Dornin served as secretary of the Fund and helped settle the companys losses after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Active from Firemans Funds beginnings, Dutton served as director from 1863-1879, and his son, William, later became the Funds president.
William Jay Dutton
From his time as clerk to his tenure as Chairman of the Board, Dutton served Fireman's Fund for over 60 years.
Arthur M. Ebbetts
One of the 50 original directors of Firemans Fund, Ebbetts earned his fortune soon after the gold rush in 1849 through shipping and coal trade.
At various times, Faymonville was President of Firemans Fund, the Board of Fire Underwriters of the Pacific, the Underwriters Fire Patrol of San Francisco and the Underwriters Inspection Bureau.
James C. Flood
Flood, one of the original directors of the Fund, was a colorful character known as the "Silver King of Nevada," amassing his fortune in mines, real estate and sawmills.
Stephen Dallas Ives
Civil War veteran Stephen Dallas Ives began his tenure with the Fund as a special agent in 1882, later rising to president of Fire Underwriters Association of the Pacific.
Charles W. Kellogg
Another Civil War veteran, beginning in 1885, Kellog devoted nearly 25 years to managing the Eastern Department of the Firemans Fund of California.
Kohler helped organize San Franciscos first fire department in 1850 and became one of only two active firemen among the 50 original Firemans Fund directors in 1863.
Jacob Bertha Levison
As Vice President, "J.B." initiated the Funds move into the automobile insurance industry.
Merrill, elected chairman of the Funds board in 1967, had a distinguished professional career that included executive stints with many successful corporations.
Charles R. Page
President of Fireman's Fund from 1937-1943, Page left the Fund twice to accept high-ranking positions with the U.S. government.
Phelan rose from the ranks of poor Irish immigrant to successful capitalist and one of the Funds original directors in 1863.
Scannell was a founding member of the original board of directors.
Arthur K. Simpson
In an insurance career that spanned six decades, Simpson once covered territory stretching from Bangor, Maine, to St. Paul, Minnesota, as an agent of the Fund.
David Jackson Staples
Staples was a personal bodyguard for President Lincoln before serving as President of Fireman's Fund from 1867-1899.
"Major Jack" Stratman was a veteran of the Mexican-
American War and Civil War, and he was elected to serve on the first board of directors of the Firemans Fund.
Captain Cory Willisstun
Willisstun was a longtime whaler and mariner before investing in the Fund and becoming a director and the Funds surveyor.