CLYDE O. LAW, WHEELING
From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
Clyde O. Law is general agent for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. The territory under his supervision comprises all of West Virginia, and, in Ohio, the counties of Belmont, Jefferson, Monroe, Washington and Meigs. Mr. Law is descendant from a line of honored and influential citizens, and the contemporary members of the family are respected for their success in business, agriculture and the professions. The village of Lawford, Ritchie County, W. Va., took its name from his grandfather, Rev. Asby Law, pioneer farmer and Methodist minister.
Clyde O. Law was born at Lawford, October 14, 1883, son of Martin L. and Mida (McKinley) Law. His father was the first postmaster of that community, and is yet active in Republican party affairs in this state. Mr. Law attended public school and in 1905 was graduated at the preparatory department of the West Va. Conference Seminary, now West Virginia Wesleyan College, and in 1909 received the degree B.S. in the college department. His study and practical experience since that time has been remarkable in many respects. In 1905 and 1906 he was an instructor in the School of Creek Indians under the Indian Bureau, in what was formerly Indian Territory. From 1909 to 1911 he was principal of schools in Clarksburg, W. Va., and in 1911 entered Harvard University School of Business Administration as a graduate student, specializing in insurance. In 1913 he was graduated with the degree M.B.A. His master's thesis for the degree, on the subject of life insurance, was the year's prize thesis, revealing a penetrating insight into the subject.
From May 1, 1915 to July 1, 1924, Mr. Law was a partner with George Paul Roberts in the firm of Law & Roberts, general agency of the Northwestern Life Insurance Company. Meanwhile he served as district agent for the same company in Clarksburg for a period.
Since July 1, 1924, Mr. Law has been general agent, with offices in the Wheeling Steel Corporation Building. He is a trustee of West Virginia Wesleyan College, being the first lay graduate to be chosen for that office, and is a past president of the Alumni Association of West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is a Republican, a member of the official board of the Fourth Street Methodist Episcopal Church and a member of The Fort Henry Club and Cedar Rocks Country Club.
He married, June 24, 1914, Maude Lininger. They have three children, Helen, John Martin and Marjory. The Law residence is on Clark Lane, Beech Glen.