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Deforest Williams Abel

Deforest Williams Abel, American insurance executive. Served in Quartermaster Corps., United States Army, 1917-1918.; Mason.


  • Abel, Deforest Williams was born on July 19, 1890 in Franklin, Tennessee, United States. Son of Frank Asbury and Julia Ann (Mott) Abel.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Laws, Cornell Univercity, 1915.


    • September 1974); children—DeForest Williams, Judith Marshall. Clerk law office, Ithaca, New York, 1915-1916. Admitted to New York bar, 1918.

      In home office and special agent N.E. General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation, Philadelphia, 1919-1920. Solicitor and branch production manager American Mutual Liability Insurance Company, Boston, 1920-1925. With Amica Mutual Insurance Company, Providence, 1925-1977, secretary, assistant treasurer, 1933-1939, director, 1934-1977, vice president, secretary, 1939-1940, president, 1940-1968, Chairman of the Board, chief Executive officer, 1968-1971, honorary Chairman of the Board, 1971-1977.

      Secretary, assistant treasurer, director Arnica Credit Corporation, Providence, 1936-1940, president, 1940-1968, director, 1940-1977. Director Amica Life Insurance Company, Arnica Underwriters, Inc., Amica Services, Inc.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Conglist


    Served in Quartermaster Corps., United States Army, 1917-1918. Mason.; Clubs: Squantum, Rhode Island Country.


    • Married Grace Isabel Marshall, July 2, 1926 (deceased. Children: DeForest Williams, Judith Marshall.
    • father: Frank Asbury Abel
    • mother: Julia Ann (Mott) Abel
    • spouse: Grace Isabel Marshall
    • children: DeForest Williams Abel
    • Judith Marshall Abel
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    Died April, 1977
    (aged 86)