A. Randolph Wilson


With the organization of the Amicable Life Insurance Company, of Waco, March 8, 1910, A. Randolph Wilson came to this city to accept the positions of secretary and assistant actuary, capacities in which he had had wide and varied experience in the East. He has since continued among the business men of Waco, and has firmly established his right to be accounted one of the progressive and energetic men of this progressive and energetic city. Mr. Wilson is a native of Richmond, Virginia, born February 28, 1882, a son of George M. and Mary F. (Thweatt) Wilson. He is a direct descendant of Captain Francis Eppes, an immigrant to Virginia in 1625 from England, and Henry Randolph who immigrated to Virginia in 1643 from North Hamptonshire, England.

George M. Wilson was born on the Brierfield plantation, in Amelia County, Virginia, January 13, 1842, and has spent his entire life in the Old Dominion state, where he is prominent in business circles as secretary and treasurer of the Tidewater and Western Railway Company. He married May F. Thweatt, who was born on the Eppington plantation, in Chesterfield county, Virginia, in 1855, and she died at Richmond, Virginia, in 1908, the mother of six children, as follows: Minnie, who is now Mrs. J. G. Robert, of St. Louis, Missouri; Richard T., of Richmond, Virginia, secretary of the State Corporation Commission; Georgia M., who is now the wife of W. T. Harris, of Richmond, Virginia; Florence E., who is the wife of LeRoy Roper, of Petersburg, Virginia; A. Randolph, of this review; and Edward L., of Waco, clerk of the Texas National Exchange Bank.

A. Randolph Wilson was granted excellent educational advantages in his youth, attending the public and high schools of Richmond, and then entering the Virginia Polytechnic School, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Sciences, in mechanical and electrical engineering. After completing his studies he entered the employ of the Virginia Passenger and Power Company, as switch and motor tester, and after one year went to New York with the Gray National Telautograph Company, as inspector, in 1904. When he resigned his position with that company, three years later, he had been advanced to the position of manager of the Cleveland (Ohio) office. His next connection was with the Life Insurance Company of Richmond, Virginia, where he remained in the actuary department for two years, and he then became secretary and actuary for the Eastern Life Association Company of Virginia, at Norfolk, for one year. On March 8, 1910, he accepted his present position with the Amicable Life Insurance Company when it was organized at Waco, and at this time he is a stockholder and director in the company. From the time of his youth Mr. Wilson has gradually progressed until he now stands as one of the directing heads of an enterprise which figures prominently in business circles throughout the Southwest, and he owes his advancement to the fact that he has thoroughly mastered every task devolving upon him, the readiness with which he has recognized and grasped opportunities and to his adaptation of new conditions evolved in business life to the needs of the present day. He enjoys fishing and hunting, and has always taken a keen interest in mathematics, but aside from these diversions his business and his home keep him fully occupied, both of which bear testimony of his careful consideration. His home is located at No. 1919 Columbus Street, in addition to which he is the owner of some valuable real estate in Waco. Mr. Wilson is independent in his political views, and has had no desire to seek public office.

On February 28, 1910, Mr. Wilson was married at Christianburg, Virginia, to Miss Gertrude H. Spindle, daughter of R. B. Spindle, of Christianburg, a wholesale and retail grocery merchant. Two bright and interesting children have been born to this union: Gertrude H. and Mary R.

--A History of Texas and Texans, Volume 4 By Francis White Johnson, 1914 Transcribed by AFOFG]




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