Insull, Samuel, 1859-1938

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Public utilities magnate, Chicago, IL. Born in England in 1859, Samuel Insull became the private secretary and bookkeeper for Col. George E. Gouraud, London agent of Thomas Edison, in 1879. Insull emigrated to the United States in 1881 to become the private secretary of Edison. While working for Edison he was in charge of establishing the Edison Machine Works at Schenectady, New York; the second Vice President in charge of the manufacturing and selling departments of Edison General Electric; and the second Vice President of the General Electric Company. Insull moved to Chicago in1892 to become the president of the Chicago Edison Company. There he established the first all-steam-turbine generating station in the world at the Fisk Street Station. He consolidated the electrical supply of Chicago into one company in 1907 by merging the Commonwealth Electric Company and the Chicago Edison Company, thus creating the Commonwealth Edison Company. Insull was president or chairman of many public utility companies including the Public Service Company of Northern Illinois; the Middle West Utilities Company; Peoples Gas, Light and Coke Company; the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad Company; and the Chicago Rapid Transit Company. He was chairman of the State Council of Defense of Illinois from 1917 to 1919 and the principal sponsor of the Chicago Civic Opera. Following the 1929 Stock Market Crash, Insull's companies collapsed and he was indicted for mail fraud, embezzlement, and violation of federal bankruptcy laws. After two federal trials, he was acquited on all charges. Samuel Insull spent the rest of his life abroad, dying in Paris, France, in 1938.

From the description of Samuel Insull papers 1799-1970 (bulk 1932-1935). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 85383717

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Interlochen Center for the Arts. Interlochen Center for the Arts records, ca.1880-[ongoing]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Zimmerman, John D.,. Material on Samuel Insull [manuscript] 1929-34. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Henry Villard papers, 1604-1948 (inclusive), 1863-1900 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Josephson, Matthew, 1899-1978. Matthew Josephson papers, 1917-1979 (inclusive). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn O'Keefe, James J., d. 1994. James J. O'Keefe papers, 1934. Cudahy Library
creatorOf Janin, Charles. Papers of Charles Janin, 1858-1937. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn George A. Fuller Company. Hawthorn Farm Construction records, 1914-1916. Cudahy Library
referencedIn Knox, John. Collection : of John Knox, 1844-1981. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bell, Edward Price, 1869-1943. Edward Price Bell papers, 1886-1951, bulk 1900-1942. Newberry Library
referencedIn Fred C. Kelly Papers, 1867-1966 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Richard T. Ely papers, 1812-1963 (bulk 1882-1939) Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
creatorOf Interlochen Center for the Arts. Interlochen Center for the Arts records, 1921-[ongoing]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Richberg, Donald R. (Donald Randall), 1881-1960. Donald R. Richberg papers, 1907-1957 (bulk 1920-1933). Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company. Peoples Gas Light & Coke Co. records, 1887-1952 (bulk 1909-1930). Cudahy Library
referencedIn O'Keefe, John F., 1904-1992. John F. O'Keefe papers, 1927-1939. Cudahy Library
referencedIn Hayler, Guy Wilfrid. Guy Wilfrid Hayler papers, [ca. 1897-1962]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Ketting, E. Ogden (Edward Ogden), 1899-1968. E. Ogden Ketting papers, 1894-1992 (bulk 1928-1932). Cudahy Library
referencedIn Interlochen Center for The Arts records, 1927-2003, 1935-1994 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Insull, Samuel, 1859-1938. Samuel Insull papers 1799-1970 (bulk 1932-1935). Cudahy Library
referencedIn Goodnow, Frank Johnson, 1859-1939. Frank Johnson Goodnow papers, 1880-1940. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Belden, Gail. Papers, 1928-1936. Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
referencedIn Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952. Harold L. Ickes papers, 1815-1969 (bulk 1933-1951). Library of Congress
creatorOf Morse-Boycott, Desmond Lionel, 1892-. Desmond Lionel Morse-Boycott papers, 1940-1945. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
creatorOf Insull, Samuel, 1859-1938. [Collected papers on electric power plants, etc.]. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn McDonald, Forrest. Forrest McDonald papers, 1873-1963 (bulk 1955-1959). Cudahy Library
creatorOf Oglesby, John Dean Gillett, 1878-1938. Papers, 1892-1938. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Newberry, Truman H. Truant. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn Harold L. Ickes Papers, 1815-1969, (bulk 1933-1951) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Forgy, S. Walton, b. 1857. S. Walton Forgy : papers, 1897-1914. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Chicago Federation of Labor and Industrial Union Council. Chicago Federation of Labor records, ca. 1890-1983. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Cuneo Museum and Gardens. Cuneo Museum and Gardens records, 1880-2006, (bulk 1914-2006). Cudahy Library
creatorOf Insull, Samuel, 1859-1938. [Samuel Insull addresses]. Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
referencedIn Green Line System. Green Line System papers, 1880-1986 1932-1958 (bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
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associatedWith Belden, Gail. person
associatedWith Bell, Edward Price, 1869-1943. person
associatedWith Chicago Federation of Labor and Industrial Union Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Commonwealth Edison Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Cuneo Museum and Gardens. corporateBody
correspondedWith Eaton, Cyrus Stephen, 1883-1979 person
associatedWith Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931. person
associatedWith Ely, Richard Theodore, 1854-1943. person
associatedWith Forgy, S. Walton, b. 1857. person
associatedWith George A. Fuller Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Goodnow, Frank Johnson, 1859-1939. person
associatedWith Green Line System. corporateBody
associatedWith Hayler, Guy Wilfrid. person
associatedWith Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952. person
correspondedWith Insull, Gladys, 1873-1953 person
correspondedWith Insull, Samuel, Jr., 1900-1983 person
associatedWith Insull, Son & Co., Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Insull Utility Investments, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Interlochen Center for the Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Janin, Charles. person
associatedWith Josephson, Matthew, 1899-1978. person
associatedWith Kelly, Fred C. (Fred Charters), 1882-1959 person
correspondedWith Ketting, E. Ogden (Edward Ogden), 1899-1968. person
associatedWith Knox, John. person
associatedWith Loyola University of Chicago. Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith McDonald, Forrest. person
associatedWith Middle West Utilities Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Morse-Boycott, Desmond Lionel, 1892- person
associatedWith Oglesby, John Dean Gillett, 1878-1938. person
associatedWith O'Keefe, James J., d. 1994. person
associatedWith O'Keefe, John F., 1904-1992. person
associatedWith Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Richberg, Donald R. (Donald Randall), 1881-1960. person
associatedWith State Council of Defense of Illinois. corporateBody
correspondedWith Villard, Henry, 1835-1900 person
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Electric utilities
Power-plants
Public utilities
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Birth 1859-11-11

Death 1938-07-16

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