No insignificant part in the rapid expansion of the insurance business which has characterized recent years has been that of Eben Luther, of Providence, general agent for the State of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts for the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company. He is a man of wide understanding of men and conditions, and large public spirit, in keeping with the ideals of insurance.
Eben Luther was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, November 24, 1884, son of Daniel S. and Nellie (Bartlett) Luther, both still hale and hearty. The father, born in Fall River, Massachusetts, is engaged in the furniture business. The mother was a native of Agawam, Massachusetts. They gave their son excellent educational opportunity, sending him to the Springfield public and high schools, and to Amherst College, from which he graduated in 1908. After he completed his education, he busied himself in the automobile and accessories field and prospered in this line for a dozen years. In 1925 he followed his instinctive preference for the insurance business and formed the association with the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company which has since continued uninterruptedly. This is one of the stable and highly-esteemed companies of the country, noted for the high character of its employees and its policyholders, and for the efficiency and economy of its methods and its consequent flourishing financial condition. Mr. Luther was agent in Portland, Maine, for six months, and thence went to Boston, where he was connected with the Boston office as associate general agent for two years. It was in September, 1927, that he moved to Providence to take up the responsible post of general agent for Rhode Island and the adjoining section of Massachusetts. His offices are in the new Industrial Trust Building. Mr. Luther’s position and his place as chairman of the board of directors and vice-president of the Rhode Island Association of Life Underwriters, and member of the National Life Underwriters Association, point to his professional prominence. He belongs to the Republican party, and to the Ancient Landmark Lodge, No.
Free and Accepted Masons. His fraternity is Beta Theta Pi, and he retains membership in the Amherst Club of New York. He attends the Church of Christ Scientist, and he finds his favorite form of recreation in golf and outdoor sports.
Eben Luther married, in 1911, Elizabeth Blanchfield of Northampton, Massachusetts, and they have a daughter, Barbara Mary.
Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.