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1954 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Harold V. Smith*

Home Insurance Company

"As a youth, I studied the lives of successful Americans so that I might become one myself."

Harold Smith's first job was as an egg handler for $18 a month. In his teens, he got a job as a demonstrator for the Victor Talking Machine Company. While working there, he was discovered by the president of a Philadelphia insurance company, who offered him a job at his firm. He rose rapidly through the ranks, becoming president and chairman of the board of The Home Insurance Company.

* Deceased