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James D. P. Ogden

AKA James De Peyster Ogden

Born: 26-Aug-1790
Died: 7-Apr-1870
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First President of New York Life Insurance Company

James D. P. Ogden was the first President of Nautilus Insurance Company (now New York Life), chartered on 21 May 1841 but not actually opened for business until 12 April 1845, when $17,000 in assets had been raised. Operating out of a small office at 58 Wall Street in New York City, the company was chartered by the state of New York to issue fire, marine and inland navigation insurance, but soon began offering insurance policies on the lives of free men and slaves. The firm sold 449 life insurance policies during the three years that Ogden was President, and by good fortune no policy-holders died during that time. Ogden was orphaned at the age of 11, apprenticed for the mercantile firm of Van Horne & Clarkson, and for several years he was that company's agent in Liverpool, England. He also served as interim US Consul there under President Andrew Jackson.

Father: Jacob Ogden, Jr. (physician, b. 21-Mar-1762, d. 4-Apr-1802)
Mother: Mary De Peyster (b. 17-Oct-1765, m. 13-Oct-1789, d. 20-Sep-1790)
Wife: Lavinia Beckwith (three children)
Son: James Ogden
Son: Charles Richard Ogden (b. 26-Sep-1940, d. 20-May-1882)
Daughter: Mary Elizabeth Ogden Hyatt

    New York Life President (1845-48)
    Atlantic Dock Company President
    Bleecker Street Savings Bank Controller
    Bread and Cheese Club
    Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York President
    New York Society Library
    US Official United States Consul, Liverpool, England (1833)
    English Ancestry

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