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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Donald G. C. Sinclair


DONALD G. C. SINCLAIR, a successful superintendent of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., New York, was born, April 5, 1874, in Dunbeath, Caithness, Scotland, son of Andrew and Charlotte Calder Sinclair. He attended the public school of his native village, crossing the Atlantic at the age of sixteen and settling at Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, where he engaged in the real estate and insurance business. In 1894, he came to New York City. He arrived on Sunday and on Monday secured employment as an agent with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. At the end of six months, he was made assistant superintendent, serving for three years. For the past eighteen years he has been a superintendent.

Mr. Sinclair is a man of great energy and his success and advancement are due to earnest, persistent effort. His business and social associations are extensive. He is a trustee of the Commonwealth Savings Bank, New York, and a member of both the national and local Associations of Life Underwriters. He served as President of the local association in 1909. He is a member of the Greenwood Lodge, F. & A. M. Culdean Chapter, H. A. M., Damascus Commandery, K. T., and Kismet Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. He is a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York and of the Montauk Club, Brooklyn.

Mr. Sinclair married, March 31, 1897, Maude Lewis Pearce, daughter of Harry and Hannah Pearce, of Brooklyn, N. Y. They have three children:

Maude M., born May 17, 1902; D. G. C. Sinclair, Jr., born January 9, 1905; and Calder Pearce, born January 19, 1907. Mr. Sinclair has been President of the Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn, since its organization seven years ago, and has worked day and night for its interest. On New Years Day, 1916, the building, located at 53 Woodruff Avenue, accommodating twenty-five beds, was formally opened.

Mr. Sinclair has travelled extensively abroad, in Great Britain and on the Continent of Europe, and in America. His home is at 34 Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn: his business address, 11 East 24th Street, New York City.


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