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Preston Estep

insurance company executive

Preston Estep, American insurance company executive.


Estep, Preston was born on July 16, 1914 in near Branson, Missouri, United States. Son of Dillard J. and Florence (Keithley) Estep.


Bachelor of Laws, University Missouri, 1938. Student of University Wisconsin.


Principal grade school, Stotts City, Missoury, 1934. Admitted to Missouri bar, practiced law, 1938-1941. Assistant to president National Rivers and Harbors Congress, Washington, 1938-1941.

Chief counsel Missouri Division Insurance, 1942-1945. General counsel Transit Casualty Company, St. Louis, 1945-1948, vice president, general counsel, 1948-1951, executive vice president, 1951-1952, president, from 1952, then chairman, also director. President, director Beneficial Fire & Casualty Insurance Company, Selective Insurance Company.

Chairman of the Board Commercial Bank of St. Louis County, General Bancshares Corporation, Lindbergh Bank, Bank of St. Louis. Director Beneficial Standard Life Insurance Company, Baden Bank, Commercial & Industrial Bank, Memphis, Illinois State Bank, Quincy, General American Life Insurance Company, Jefferson-Gravois Bank of St. Louis, Northwestern Bank & Trust Company, St. Louis, St. Louis National Baseball Club. Advisory board Bank of Benton (Illinois), Bank of Zeigler.


Member executive committee, treasurer United Fund of Greater St. Louis, Urban Redevelopment Corporation of St. Louis. Director Junior Achievement of Mississippi Valley, Inc., St. Louis and St. Louis County chapter National Foundation Infantile Paralysis, Inc. Member National Association Independent Insurers (director, governor Chicago), St. Louis Chamber of Commerce, Municipal Theatre Association, Newcomen Society North America, St. Louis Advertising.

Club, Downtown in St. Louis Inc., American, Missouri, St. Louis bar associations. Clubs: Media.


Married Lucy Maude Berry, December 20, 1936. Children: Preston II, David Berry, Stephen Keithley, Philip Dillard, Sallie Anne.

Dillard J. Estep

Florence (Keithley) Estep

Lucy Maude Berry

Preston II Estep

David Berry Estep

Stephen Keithley Estep

Philip Dillard Estep

Sallie Anne Estep