The Tribe of Ben Hur

The Tribe of Ben Hur was founded by D.W.Gerald and F.L. Snyder in 1894 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Contrary to popular belief, Lew Wallace, the author of the popular Civil War era novel by the same name, was not the primary founder though he did know the founders and gave his permission to use the name Ben Hur.

The Tribe of Ben Hur was a typical fraternal benefit society and reached a peak membership of 106,216 in 1910. By 1990, it had declined to about 15,000.

In 1988, the Ben Hur Life Association became USA Life Insurance.




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