The Father of Life Insurance Wright, Elizur [1804-1885]. A Curiosity of Law: Or, A Respondent in the Supreme Judicial Court, As a Judge in the General Court; And What Possibly Came of It. Boston: Published by the Author, 1866. 96 pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers. A few minor stains, light wear to spine ends and corners, a few chips to edges of wrappers, moderate toning to text. $150. * First edition. Also a prominent mathematician and abolitionist, Wright is considered the "father" of life insurance as we know it today. A Curiosity of Law concerns a dispute over actuarial figures that occurred when he was a Massachusetts State insurance commissioner. It illustrates the resistance of conservative politicians and businessmen to the Commission's regulatory reforms. A second edition was published in 1866.
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