John F. Dryden
|John F. Dryden|
|United States Senator
from New Jersey
January 29, 1902 – March 4, 1907
|Preceded by||William Joyce Sewell|
|Succeeded by||Frank O. Briggs|
|Born||John Fairfield Dryden
August 7, 1839
Temple, Maine, U.S.
|Died||November 24, 1911
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
John Fairfield Dryden (August 7, 1839 – November 24, 1911) was the founder of the Prudential Insurance Company and a United States Senator from New Jersey. He was known as the "father of industrial insurance".
Life and career
Born in Temple, Maine, Dryden moved in 1846 with his parents to Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated from Worcester Academy and later attended Yale College. In 1875, he founded the Widows and Orphans Friendly Society (now Prudential Financial) in Newark, New Jersey, becoming its first secretary and in 1881 its president, serving in the latter position until 1911. Dryden was one of the founders of the Fidelity Trust Company and was involved in the establishment and management of various street railways, banks, and other financial enterprises in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. He was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William J. Sewell, serving from January 29, 1902, to March 4, 1907. Dryden was a candidate for reelection, but withdrew because of a deadlock in the state legislature, which at the time elected U.S. Senators. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Relations with Canada (57th Congress) and a member of the Committee on Enrolled Bills (58th and 59th Congresses).
Dryden died in Newark, New Jersey on November 24, 1911 from pneumonia following removal of gall stones two weeks earlier. His estate was valued at $50,000,000. He was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Newark.
His daughter, Susan married Anthony R. Kuser, who would use part of the Prudential fortune to donate 10,500 acres (42 km2) for a state park at New Jersey's highest point. John Dryden Kuser, Dryden's grandson, was a state senator and Brooke Astor's first husband.
- "John F. Dryden Dies Worth $50,000,000. Ex-Senator from New Jersey Succumbs to Pneumonia, Following an Operation". The New York Times. November 25, 1911. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
Ex-United States Senator John F. Dryden, President of the Prudential Insurance Company of America, also known as the "Father of Industrial Insurance", died at 6 o'clock last night at his home, 1020 Broad Street, Newark, N.J. The ex-Senator was operated on a week ago to-day for the removal of gall stones.
- "John F. Dryden Operated On". Hartford Courant. November 20, 1911. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
John F Dryden president of the Prudential Insurance Company was operated on for gallstones yesterday at his home in Newark, N.J. ...
- United States Congress. "John F. Dryden (id: D000507)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Works by John Fairfield Dryden at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about John F. Dryden at Internet Archive
William J. Sewell
|U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Jersey
Served alongside: John Kean
Frank O. Briggs
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