Joseph Cullen Root (1844 - 1913)

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Birthplace: Chester, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Hendersonville, Henderson, North Carolina, USA
Occupation: Businessman, founder of Modern Woodmen of the World Insurance Companies
Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About Joseph Cullen Root

Founded Modern Woodmen of the World Insurance Companies.

Founded radio station WOW Omaha Nebraska.

Masonic history

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Birth: Dec. 3, 1844 Chester Hampden County Massachusetts, USA

Death: Dec. 24, 1913 Hendersonville Henderson County North Carolina, USA

From: Who's Who in the World, 1912

Root, Joseph Cullen: Lawyer, Born in Chester, Mass. Dec, 3, 1844, son of Aurelius Clark and Eliza (Abbott) Root. Educated at Cornell Coll, Northern, Ill Coll., grad. Eastman Bus. Coll., Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 1865. Studied law and admitted to bar, 1883. V.-P. Lion Surety & Bond Co., Omaha since 1908. Mayor of Lyons, Iowa 1886-87; author of several books including Root Family Genealogy 1907. Married Louise M. Inslee of Lyons, Iowa; two sons (died Sept. 30, 1910) Home address 1034 S. 30th Ave. Office 312 W.O.W. Bldg, Omaha, Neb. U.S.A. Added by JH, 9/36/21012

ROOT, Joseph Cullen. Businessman. Founder of Modern Woodmen of America and founder and 1st President of Modern Woodmen of the World Insurance Companies. Root was born in Massachusetts but his father moved the family to Illinois and later Iowa. After gaining an education Root was involved with several business oppurtunities, most notably the selling of insurance. In 1883 Root founded Modern Woodmen of America, but after a falling out with other executives Root left the company. In June 1893 Root founded Woodmen of the World. The purpose of these companies was to provide financial relief for families after the father, breadwinner, of the family died. Today Modern Woodmen of American has over 750,00 members.

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  • Louisa M. Inslee Root (1849 - 1910)

Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial Park Omaha Douglas County Nebraska, USA Plot: Section - 24, Lot - 446

Created by: Dennis Bell Record added: Sep 26, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 21777251

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Joseph Root's Timeline

December 3, 1844
Chester, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
Age 24
February 7, 1874
Age 29
Iowa, USA
December 24, 1913
Age 69
Hendersonville, Henderson, North Carolina, USA
Lyons, Clinton, Iowa, USA
Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, USA