Biography of Elmer F. Seabury

Having connected with the Industrial Trust Company of Providence in a clerical capacity soon after the completion of his education, Elmer F. Seabury has continued with this well known financial institution for a period covering now almost four decades.

Elmer F. Seabury was born at Tiverton, September 9, 1875, a son of the late Cornelius and Ellen (Negus) Seabury, both natives of Tiverton. His father was engaged in the grocery business in that town up to 1881, when he came to Providence and there engaged in a similar business until his death. Having begun his education in the public schools of Providence, Mr. Seabury later attended and graduated from Bryant & Stratton’s Business College. His first business experience was obtained in the office of the Atlantic Mills, Providence, with which concern he remained for a year and a half. In 1892 he entered the employ of the Industrial Trust Company as a clerk in its bookkeeping department. Made auditor in 1912, he became assistant treasurer in 1916 and, four years later, in 1920, was elected vice-president. In the latter office he has continued to serve with benefit to the bank, to its customers, and to its stockholders. Mr. Seabury is a member also of the board of directors of the J. C. Hall Company and auditor of the Exchange Real Estate Company; also, a member of the Providence Chamber of Commerce and the Providence Better Business Bureau of which latter he is president. His clubs include the Palestine Shrine Club, the Turks Head Club, and the Mount Tom Club, of the latter of which he is secretary and treasurer. For many years Mr. Seabury has been active in Masonic affairs. He is a member of numerous Masonic bodies, including the following: Orpheus Lodge, No. 36, Free and Accepted Masons; Providence Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Providence Council, Royal and Select Masters; St. John’s Commandery, No. 1, Knights Templar, of which he is a Past Commander; the various bodies of the Scottish Rite, including the Consistory in which he has attained the thirty-second degree; also Palestine Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Mr. Seabury is a member of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Association of Knight Templar Commanders, also Brown Club, consisting of alumni and friends of Brown University. In politics he is a supporter of the Republican party. His religious affiliations are with the Congregational Church.

Mr. Seabury married, in 1900, Annie Reed, a native of Providence. Mr. and Mrs. Seabury have one daughter: Ruth F. Seabury, who married on October 4, 1930, Frank C. Andrews, a teller in the Industrial Trust Company.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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