Harvey Rice Waite, who is president of the Agricultural Insurance Company, of Watertown, one of the oldest and
largest insurance companies in the United States, has always taken an active part in the business life of the city,
and is a member of many of the social and civic organizations in the community. He is descended from one of the
oldest families of Jefferson County, and is the son of Harlow B. and Nettie (Oatman) Waite, both natives of Rodman,
Jefferson County. Mr. Waite, a prosperous farmer, died in 1883, and his wife died in 1916.
Harvey Rice Waite was born at Rodman, Jefferson County, May 30, 1876, and was educated in the local public schools.
He has been connected with the Agricultural Insurance Company since 1894, having entered the concern at that time
as an office boy. He served in various capacities until he was made cashier in 1919 and finally secretary treasurer
in 1924, when Percy H. Wilmott became president of the company. In 1928 Mr. Waite was elected president and is
still serving in that capacity. He has been a director of the company since the organization in 1928 of the Empire
State Insurance Company of Watertown. He has held the position of president and director of the company and in
addition serves as a director of the Jefferson County National Bank, Jefferson Securities Corporation, trustee
of the Watertown Savings Bank and director Watertown Foundation.
In 1899 Mr. Waite was married to Miss Lillian A. Herrick, who died in 1910. She was a native of Jefferson County,
and the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Weed) Herrick. Mr. Waite has a son, Harlow O., born in Watertown, June
8, 1909. Mr. Waite married (second) April 8, 1928, to Miss Irene M. Allen, daughter of Charles and Mary Jane Allen,
natives of New York.
Mr. Waite is a Republican, a member of the Congregational Church, and has the following club and lodge affiliations:
Black River Valley Club; Jefferson County Golf Club; 1000 Island Country Club; Chamber of Commerce; Watertown Lodge
No. 49, F. & A. M.; Watertown Chapter No. 59, R. A. M.; Watertown Commander No. 11, K. T.; Media Temple. He
takes a prominent part in the work of the local Y. M. C. A., of which he is a director and vice president. During
the World War Mr. Waite was active in all the Liberty Loan drives in Jefferson County.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Jefferson County, NY
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