HON. JOHN WHITTLESEY MARVIN, SAYBROOK: Insurance and Investments.
John W Marvin was born, the youngest son of Deacon John Marvin, in Lyme, January 13, 1824. He came of excellent
stock being a lineal descendant of Captain Reynold Marvin, justly renowned in the history of the town. Up to his
thirteenth year the family lived in Lyme; then it removed to Deep River (Saybrook). There the subject of this sketch
has since lived. The town has found him a capable and efficient officer. He has been town clerk, a member of the
board of relief, justice of the peace, and has held various other elective offices. In 1871 and 1872 he represented
Saybrook in the legislature, and both years served upon the leading committee, the judiciary. Among his associates
were some of the ablest minds that have found their way recently to membership in the house - Messrs. Waite, Ingersoll,
Treat, Eaton, and Seymour. In 1871 he was also a member of the committee on constitutional amendments. During the
past several years he has been engaged in the general insurance business, and latterly has added to it a western
loan and farm mortgage agency. His excellent judgment and sterling integrity have raised him to financial positions
of prominence. He is now a director in a national bank and savings bank and in an insurance company. In the fall
of 1885 he was elected by his party - the republicans, as senator from the twenty first district. As a legislator,
his practical knowledge of public and general affairs greatly facilitated the discharge of senatorial duties, and
he easily took rank among the ablest and most active of his colleagues.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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