Biography of Dolphin S. Fletcher
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DOLPHIN SAMUEL FLETCHER, HARTFORD: General Manager National Life Association.

D. S. Fletcher is a native of Buffalo, N. Y., where he was born April 9, 1847, his father removing with his family to Shelburne, Vt., when the lad was nine years old. He was brought up on a farm, and by personal experience became entirely familiar with all the duties and pleasures of a farmer's life. He laid the foundation of an education at the district schools, graduating at Hinesburg (Vermont) academy in 1868. Shortly thereafter he removed to Brandon in that state, and entered the insurance business, receiving the appointment of special agent and adjuster for several companies. This position he retained for several years, performing its duties with success and to the satisfaction of his principals, and gaining by experience a knowledge of the details of underwriting which has proved of immense advantage to him in the broader field in which he has since been engaged. After a long and faithful service in Vermont he resigned his connection with the companies alluded to, desiring to extend the scope and area of his activities, and in 1882 came to Hartford, the home and center of the insurance interest. Here, in January, 1885, he organized the National Life Association of Hartford, and was elected its general manager, still holding the position. Mr. Fletcher is an efficient organizer ands a tireless worker. He has labored hard and persistently in bringing the peculiar and original system of the National Life before the people, and in establishing it in the public confidence. The success which has been achieved is very largely attributable to his personal exertions, and to the enthusiasm with which he inspires those who are associated with him as well as his subordinates in the company's service. Mr. Fletcher is a member of the republican party, and while in Vermont was a participant in the activities of local and state politics. Since his residence in Connecticut he has confined himself to business and eschewed active politics. He is a member of Wangunk Tribe, No. 11, of the Improved Order of Red Men, of Hartford, but has no further connection with clubs or fraternities. Mr. Fletcher has been twice married ; first, in 1871 to Miss Mary Tagert, daughter of Hugh Tagert, M. D., of Shelburne, Vt.; who died in 1872, leaving one son ; second, in 1875 to Miss Clara L. Smith, daughter of the late Rev. Eben Smith of Hartford, by whom he has two children.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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