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President and Chief Executive Off...

Local Address: Phildelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company
One Commerce Square 2005 Market Street Ste 1200
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19103
United States

Company Description: Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company or PLM as we are known, offers a challenging and rewarding experience to those individuals who are dedicated, take...   more

Employment History

  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    PLM ILM Mutual Insurance Co
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Pennsylvania Lumbermans Mutual Insurance
  • Governor
    the colony

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About WHA, 16 Feb 2015 [cached]
John Smith Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company
PLM : Officers & Directors, 28 Aug 2014 [cached]
John K. Smith, CPCU President & Chief Executive Officer
John K. Smith, CPCU PA Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Co.
John K. Smith, ..., 30 Aug 2014 [cached]
John K. Smith, CPCU President and Chief Executive Officer
John K. Smith PA Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Co.
In the 1600s, Captain John ..., 2 July 2014 [cached]
In the 1600s, Captain John Smith sailed around Chesapeake Bay and the York river, establishing the colony of Jamestown and having a famous romance with Pocohontas.
The entire colony would no doubt ... [cached]
The entire colony would no doubt have perished before the return of Newport but for the courage and vigor of one man, the most notable and conspicuous character in the early colonial history of America -John Smith.
Smith was still a young man, but according to his own story, his record was an extraordinary one. When scarcely beyond boyhood he joined the French army and later that of the Netherlands in which he served for several years. He then embarked on the Mediterranean and was thrown overboard as a heretic, swam to an uninhabited island, was picked up by a vessel and carried to Egypt. We next find him traversing Italy on foot, slaying three Turks successively in single combat in Transylvania, and at length captured by the Turks and sold into slavery. He slew his mater with a flail, escaped into the Scythian Desert, wandered through every country of Europe, and joined the Virginia colonists soon after reaching his native land. It was now left for his sojourn in the American forest to furnish the crowning romance of his life.
While exploring the Chickahominy River he was taken captive by the Indians. After entertaining his captors for several days with a pocket compass and such curios, he was condemned to death by the savages. His head was laid on the block when at the last moment a little daughter of the chief, named Pocahontas, rushed forward, laid her head upon the head of the intended victim, and begged that his life be spared. Her request was granted, and he was sent back rejoicing to his people.
This romantic story, as also the account of his other adventures above mentioned, rests wholly on Smith's own testimony, and most historical writers in recent years are disposed to discredit them, especially the story of his rescue by the Indian girl. It seems clear that John Smith gave a highly colored narrative in relating his adventures, but there is reason to believe that the story of his rescue by Pocahontas is true. 6The only ground for doubting the story is Smith's well-known spirit of boasting and the fact that in his first account of his capture by the Indians he does not mention this incident. On the other hand, there is one powerful argument, which seems almost conclusive, in favor of the truth of the story. It was not an unusual occurrence among many Indian tribes, when they were about to put a captive to death, for some impulsive Indian, usually a female and in most cases a member of the chief's family, to be the life of the intended victim at the last moment.7Such a request was seldom denied, and the rescue was usually followed by a formal adoption of the rescued one into the tribe; and this is exactly what Smith claimed was done in his case, though he was given his freedom to return to his colony. How could he have invented a story coinciding so perfectly with an Indian custom with which he could not have been familiar? Such a thing is far less credible than the story itself.
It is not disputed, however, that John Smith was a man of wonderful energy, and that he did more for Virginia than any other of the early settlers. He soon became governor of the colony, and he saved the colonists from starvation by trading with the Indians for corn. He succeeded above all others in keeping the men at work and thus laid the foundations for future prosperity. Smith later explored Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and afterward the New England coast, and he made maps of them that are remarkable for their accuracy.
Others came from time to time, and in 1609, when John Smith returned to England, the colony numbered five hundred.
Of the five hundred left by Smith the fall before only sixty remained alive in the spring of 1610.
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