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Grahame, Orville Francis



  • Existence: 1904-1989


Orville Francis Grahame (1904-1989) was born near Palo, Iowa. He attended public schools in Shellsburg and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1925. Grahame then received his law degree from the University of Iowa's College of Law in 1929. He began his legal career in New York City as an officer of the Guardian Life Insurance Company. In 1939, Grahame moved to Worcester, Massachusetts, and took a job with the Paul Revere Life Insurance Company and its parent company Avco Corporation. He served as its vice-president and general council. In the 1940s, Mr. Grahame was an active participant in the writing of Public Law 15, which concerns the regulation of the insurance industry. He served on several of the industry's committees that worked on the legislation.   An active Republican, Grahame was involved with the Young Republicans while in New York. In Worcester, Massachusetts, he helped with the Elliot Richardson political campaign. Grahame served on two White House Conferences on Aging. He also was on two study committees of the Massachusetts state legislature, one dealing with public pensions and the other concerned with updating equity insurance investments.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Orville Francis Grahame Papers

Identifier: MsC0318

Vice-president and general counsel of Paul Revere Life Insurance Company of Worcester, MA. Subject files, correspondence, speeches, articles, etc., relating to his involvement in Republican politics (both nationally and in Massachusetts) and the insurance business. There are files on the Health Insurance Association of America, the new York Young Republicans, and the Securities Exchange Commission.

Dates: 1931-1971; Majority of material found within 1930-1959