From the book entitled: History of Roanoke County
By George S. Jack, Edward Boyle Jacobs
Publisher: STONE, 1912
SAMUEL THOMAS RHODES
The subject of this sketch was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi,
February 6th, 1861, and is a son of Judge Rufus R. Rhodes and Martha
Prior to the Civil War Judge Rhodes was on the Supreme Bench in
Louisiana and was appointed Commissioner of Patents for the Confederate
Government during the war.
Martha Fisher Rhodes came from a
distinguished North Carolina family. Samuel Thomas Rhodes was educated
at the Southwestern Presbyterian University, at Clarksville, Tennessee,
and for a few years was a cotton planter in his native state.
He has been engaged in the life insurance business for a great
years, being a graduate of an Actuarial School; he is familiar with
every branch of its most intricate details from a scientific as well as
agency standpoint. He was Manager for the New York Life Insurance
Company for a number of years, and the territory under his control
showed the greatest volume of business per capita, with less expense in
securing business per thousand, and the highest percentage in active
producing agents, in the Western Hemisphere. He resigned his position
with the New York Life to take the management of the National Life
Insurance Company, whose home office is at Montpelier, Vermont. His
office is the only, strictly speakmg, branch office maintained in
Roanoke by any company where money is loaned and settlements made on
policies for the company.
Samuel Thomas Rhodes accepted the managership of the National
Insurance Company in 1904, when the company was but little known in
this section, with practically no agency representation, but his
agency, to-day, stands fifth in the United States in production, and is
This wonderful showing has been brought about by untiring energy,
honesty, and sound business methods. In May, 1909, the Company
appointed Samuel Bertram Rhodes, son of Samuel Thomas Rhodes, as
Manager with his father and the firm name was changed to Samuel T.
Rhodes & Son. He was only twenty-three years of age at the time of
his appointment and was the youngest manager ever appointed by the
National Life Insurance Company, and is to-day the youngest manager
under contract with the Company. Like his father, his information
about Life Insurance is accurate and comprehensive, and the experience
he obtained in the field and Comptroller's Department, fitted him well
to fill the responsible position he now holds.