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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Insurance Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
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Birthplace

Born:
8/26/1907
Birth Location:
Joseph, Missouri

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Insurance Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/26/1907
Birth Location:
Joseph
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Biography

Lloyd Wheeler is the benefactor of a tremendous family history. As a child, his grandfather, Llyod G. Wheeler, the first African American lawyer in Chicago, took him to visit one of his close friends, Booker T. Washington, in Tuskegee, Alabama. His great grandfather was Chicago businessman John Jones. Jones, during his time, was one of the wealthiest African Americans in the City of Chicago. Lloyd Wheeler was born on August 26, 1907, in St. Joseph, Missouri. During his early childhood, Wheeler's mother, Madge, stayed home with the five Wheeler children while his father, Hiram, worked as a teacher. His family later moved to Urbana, Illinois, where he attended Lincoln Grade School and Urbana High School.

Following graduation, Wheeler attended the University of Illinois in Chicago where he received his B.S. in accounting in 1932. He spent his summer vacations from high school and college working in Chicago at the Liberty Supreme Life Insurance Company. The company, which was black owned and operated, primarily served the Chicago black community from its Bronzeville neighborhood headquarters. Wheeler began his career with Liberty Supreme in 1923 as a mail boy. Wheeler's sixty-eight year career with Liberty Supreme culminated with his appointment in 1980 as CEO. Wheeler served eleven and half years as CEO, retiring in 1991. His tenure at the company was interrupted for a short time by service in the United States military during World War II.

Wheeler was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the Chicago Assembly and the Original 40 Club. Wheeler passed away on April 30, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lloyd Wheeler's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lloyd Wheeler remembers his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lloyd Wheeler lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lloyd Wheeler talks about his great-grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lloyd Wheeler recalls his great-grandmother's determination to read
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lloyd Wheeler remembers his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lloyd Wheeler describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lloyd Wheeler discusses his ancestors on his father's side of the family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lloyd Wheeler talks about his ancestor, entrepreneur John Jones
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lloyd Wheeler describes moving to different towns when he was a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lloyd Wheeler describes his childhood in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lloyd Wheeler discusses his parents' occupations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lloyd Wheeler describes his childhood personality, part 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lloyd Wheeler describes his childhood personality, part 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lloyd Wheeler recounts life after his father's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lloyd Wheeler discusses his early avocations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lloyd Wheeler recounts his early years at Supreme Liberty Life Insurance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lloyd Wheeler recalls his high school years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lloyd Wheeler recalls his experience at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lloyd Wheeler describes his role at Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company after graduating college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lloyd Wheeler reflects on family matters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lloyd Wheeler recalls growth at Supreme Liberty Life Insurance
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lloyd Wheeler discusses the insurance industry and the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lloyd Wheeler recalls customer support for Supreme Liberty Life Insurance
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lloyd Wheeler describes milestones for Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lloyd Wheeler recounts his tenure as president of Supreme Liberty Life Insurance
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lloyd Wheeler discusses his two marriages
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lloyd Wheeler recalls the black Chicago of his youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lloyd Wheeler discusses segregated housing in Chicago during the 1940s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lloyd Wheeler considers trends in housing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lloyd Wheeler discusses the closure of Supreme Liberty Life Insurance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lloyd Wheeler describes his relationship with his mother
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lloyd Wheeler describes his interest in history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lloyd Wheeler considers how he'd like to be remembered