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(John) Doyle DeWitt


Born in Sully, Iowa. He served in the Navy during WW I. Attended Drake University 1921 to 1924. Married Marjorie Aileen Everett October 3, 1927. They had a son and a daughter.

Employed with Travelers Insurance Companies. He was promoted through various positions from claims representative in 1925 to CEO in 1964. His business took him to Hartford, Connecticut. He retired in 1970. He served on the board of several other corporations, the Hartford hospital, Hartford library and other public service institutions.

The Dewitt collection of political items exceeded 25,000 pieces. The collection was given to the University of Hartford.

He wrote articles for The Numismatist. Founder of American Political Items Collectors. Author of A Century of Campaign Buttons, 1789-1889 in 1959. Author of Alfred S. Robinson - Hartford Numismatist in 1969. He died on a cruise ship in Panama.

bio: NCAB 57 (photo); WWWA-5;

obit: CW 1/31/1973; NYT 12/23/72

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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