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One of the most important lines of business which has sprung into existence within the present century is that of insurance, which provides against losses by fire and other accidents and also is a means of leaving to families a comfortable competence when death has deprived them of one whom they have depended upon for support. A well-known fire and life insurance agent of Atchison, Kansas, is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch and who has built up an excellent business by reason of his reliable dealing and indefatigable efforts. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, November 13, 1869, and is a son of R. B. and Ann M. (Selby) Drury. The father was born in Montgomery county, Missouri, June 14, 1844, and is a son of Charles J. and Sallie (Weisman) Drury. The latter was a daughter of James Weisman, one of the pioneers of Missouri, to which state he removed from Virginia, in 1808. The late R. B. Drury, the father of the subject of this sketch, was a prominent real-estate dealer of Atchison, and the family is one widely and favorably known.

Arthur S. Drury completed his literary education in the high school of Atchison and later pursued a commercial course in the Atchison Business College. From 1887 until 1895 he filled a position in the State Bank. In February, 1896 he bought out the firm of Rogers & Carr in the life and fire insurance business and is now representing several of the most reliable New England companies. His success has been quite marked and writing up many policies he has secured therefrom a liberal income.

In September, 1893, Mr. Drury was united in marriage to Miss Agnes N. Davis, of Atchison, a daughter of William M. Davis, one of the early settlers and leading merchant tailors of the city. They now have an interesting little daughter, Anna, who is the life and light of the parents home. Mr. and Mrs. Drury are widely known and their friends in the community are many.