In 1912, James S. Kemper, Sr. founded Lumbermens Mutual Casualty in Chicago, Illinois with an emphasis on workers compensation insurance.  In the following decades, Mr. Kemper expanded the company’s insurance portfolio and revenues, eventually changing the firm’s trademark name to the Kemper Insurance Companies.

Mr. Kemper is well known as a pioneer in the innovation of automobile insurance and the introduction of mutual insurance to the American property casualty insurance market.

He established The James S. Kemper Foundation in 1942 as a way to give back to the community and create awareness of the insurance industry as a challenging and exciting career option.

 

“The best way to cultivate the bigness of mind needed for success in business is through real-world application of what is learned through academic study. It enlarges understanding and deepens insight. It contributes to mental power in situations that cannot be predicted in detail in books.”

 

Hiram L. Kennicott First President of The James S. Kemper Foundation


James S. Kemper founded The James S. Kemper Foundation in 1942 and served as its chairman until 1969 when he passed the reins to his son, James S. Kemper, Jr.

James S. Kemper founded The James S. Kemper Foundation in 1942 and served as its chairman until 1969 when he passed the reins to his son, James S. Kemper, Jr.

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