William Sutton Gover, who was born in 1822, rose from the
brushmaking trade to a career in real estate and, eventually, the
position of managing director of the British Equitable Assurance
Co. The Equitable seems to have been a bit of a family business.
A brother, Henry Gover, was the company’s solicitor. His oldest
son, the barrister William Henry Gover, served as a member of
the company’s board of directors, and a second son, Frederic,
was Equitable’s assistant actuary.
Many honors and responsibilities accrued to the elder Gover
over the course of his lifetime. At the time of his death in 1894,
he was chairman of both the House Property & Investment Co.
of London and of the Perpetual Investment Building Society. He
had served as a member of London’s Common Council and as
an elected member of the School Board for the City of London,
was an active Mason, and was involved in evangelical church
activities. While he wasn’t a prolific writer, he still managed to
find time to translate Eugene Reboul’s The Duty of Life Assur-
ance and to author Facts and Figures about Life Insurance, which
was published in 1887.