Dudley Thomas was born on a farm in Carroll County,
Missouri, September 12, 1867. He worked in the fields in summer,
and in winter attended the district school.
In 1890 he left the farm and moved into
Carrollton. Engaging in the loan and real estate business, he
scored a success from the very first. In 1890 he closed up his
affairs in Carrollton, and, coming to Kansas City, accepted a position
with a prominent life insurance company.
His energy and address made his record
something to be proud of. He is the only life insurance agent in
the history of the town to write two $100,000 policies.
It was not long until Mr. Thomas was
offered the general agency of the John Hancock Life Insurance Company
at this point, and, accepting the place, he proceeded to run their
business up from almost nothing to a decidedly large amount.
Finally deciding to work for himself rather
than for others, he resigned his position in the summer of 1902 and
formed the Security Trust Company, of which he is the president.