Page 500-501- Leland O. Sewell is general agent for the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company of California, at 439 Michigan Trust building. Mr Sewell is a native of Hamilton, Steuben county, Indiana, where he was born on January 4, 1889. His parents were Joseph and Adalaide (Slaybough) Sewell. His mother's parents were among the early and well known pioneers of Steuben county, Indiana. When Leland was about nine years of age his parents came to Michigan, first locating in Kalamazoo. There Leland received his preliminary education, and continued his school work until he was graduated from the Kalamazoo high school in 1909 and followed with collegiate work, culminating in his graduation from Kalamazoo College in 1912. The following year he came to Grand Rapids and started upon his successful career in the life insurance business. His first connection in this field was with the Equitable Life Assurance Society of New York City. He remained with that well-known company until 1919, having made good in his work from the very start. In 1919, at the early age of thirty years, he was made general agent for the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company of California. Mr. Sewell is well fitted for this position and augments a thorough knowledge and painstaking application with a winning personality. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, a member of York Lodge No. 410, F. & A. M. and of the Masonic Country Club. On August 31, 1916, he was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Liesveld of Grand Rapids, a daughter of Herman Liesveld of the Glove Knitting Works of Grand Rapids. Mr. and Mrs. Sewell have one son, Leland O., Jr, born January 21, 1919.

Transcriber: Gloria Paas
Created: 13 November 2002