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Title: Frederick Marion Hubbell
Name: Bas Relief
Date: 1933
Medium: Bronze
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: Without stand: 16 7/8 × 11 × 1 in. (42.9 × 27.9 × 2.5 cm)
Signed: Signed lower left: Christian Petersen, Sc.
Inscription: Inscription: FREDERICK MARION HUBBELL 1839–1930
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of Voya, Des Moines, Iowa. In the Christian Petersen Art Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM2017.378
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After arriving in Des Moines, F.M. Hubbell (1839–1930) embarked on a 75-year career building a business empire based on real estate, insurance, and railroads. He also had a lucrative law practice and developed a waterworks. Often referred to as the wealthiest man in Iowa, his descendants continued to play a prominent role in the city throughout the 20th century. F.M. founded Equitable Life Insurance Company of Iowa in 1867.

(January 17, 1839-November 11, 1930)

After arriving as a teenager in mid-19th-century Des Moines, Frederick Marion (F. M.) Hubbell embarked on a 75-year career, building a business empire based on real estate, insurance, and railroads. He also had a lucrative law practice, developed a waterworks, and purchased Terrace Hill, the grandest home in the city. Often referred to as the wealthiest man in Iowa, Hubbell established a trust to preserve his fortune for his family. His descendants continued to play a prominent role in the city throughout the 20th century. Grandson Frederick Windsor (F. W.) became president of the Equitable Life Insurance Company of Iowa, the firm F. M. and others had founded in 1867.

From Friedricks, William. "Hubbell, Frederick Windsor" The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa. University of Iowa Press, 2009. Web.