Caldwell C. Courtney was
born in Richmond, Virginia, June 24, 1853, of good old revolutionary
stock. He was educated in private schools, and then, entering
Richmond College, was graduated in 1870. He then went into the
dry goods business in Richmond with is father and brother, and made a
brilliant reputation for energy and ability, so much so that he was
secured by the firm of Bullene, Moore, and Emery. Mr. Courtney
came to Kansas City in 1878, and for four years was with the firm when
he resigned to take a position with the Midland National Bank.
Quitting the bank after a time, he became a member of the real estate
and insurance firm of Whipple, Courtney & Co., which continued
until 1888, when he decided to make life insurance his future work.
For three years he served as district manager of a New
York company, and in 1892 he became State agent of the Mutual Benefit
Life Insurance Company of Newark headquarters in Kansas City, and
territory including Jackson County, Kansas, and Oklahoma Territory.
Mr. Courtney was one of the organizers of the
Kansas City Life Underwriters Association, and has been president
twice. He also helped organize a similar body in Kansas.
He is a Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. He married Miss Flora
Dougherty, of Liberty, Mo., and they have one daughter, Leah Bell.