Ancient Order of United Workmen Benefit Certificate

Ancient Order of United Workmen Benefit Certificate

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The Ancient Order of United Workmen (AOUW) was one of the first fraternal associations to provide mutual insurance policies for its members. Founded in 1868, the AOUW was organized in a similar fashion to the Odd Fellows and Freemasons, providing mutual assistance, support, and organization for working men in a community. During this time, insurance was mainly available to commercial interests, but the AOUW and other labor-associated groups provided a financial safety net for its individual members in the occurrence of illness or death.
Albert H. Fowler bequeathed his Ancient Order of United Workmen $2,000 death benefit to his son, Clarence Fowler, upon his death September 30, 1888. Fowler served as the recorder for the lodge in Carroll County, New Hampshire which was governed by the Grand Lodge in Massachusetts. The Death Certificate is number 688 and bears a blue seal from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and a red seal from the Carroll Lodge No. 7.
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Object Name
certificate, benefit
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 16 3/4 in x 11 1/2 in; 42.545 cm x 29.21 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Fraternal Associations
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Have a AOUW from Missouri dated 1908. Wanted to know history. Worker name was Thomas S. Davidson. $1,000 death benefit.

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