Hegeman, John Rogers
- Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Hegeman, John Rogers (18 April 1844–06 April 1919), insurance executive, was born in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York, the son of John G. Hegeman and Charlotte Owen Rogers. After an early education at neighborhood public schools, he studied at a private school in Poughquag, New York, before entering Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. Leaving school after a year, Hegeman took a bookkeeping job at the Bank of the Republic of New York City. He then entered the industry in which he was to spend the rest of his career—insurance—becoming an accountant with the Manhattan Life Insurance Company. Hegeman rose to the position of secretary to the board of directors before leaving Manhattan to become company secretary for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in June 1870. On 26 October of the same year he married Evelyn Lyon of Brooklyn, with whom he would have one son. Elected as vice president of the company on the same day as his wedding (an event he ever afterward referred to as his “double anniversary”), Hegeman soon combined with company president Joseph F. Knapp to lead the Metropolitan during a period of solid growth....