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United American’s Founder

United American Insurance Company Founder C. L. Dunlop

United American Insurance Company Founder C.L. Dunlap

It started as one person’s American dream — Founder and first President of United American Insurance Company — C.L. Dunlap.

Upon graduation from high school, C.L. Dunlap briefly worked for a casualty company in Dallas, which gave him an introduction to the insurance industry. An enthusiastic and determined young man, Dunlap left the working world for four years to study law at the University of Texas in Austin. When he returned to Dallas, C.L. started his new career as a practicing attorney.

C.L. was an experienced pilot with his commercial pilot’s license. On the outbreak of World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy to put his flying experience to work for our country. Dunlap served as a Naval pilot and flight instructor during his service in the Pacific theater. It was during his time overseas that C.L. became particularly interested in the life, accident, and health insurance fields. A dream was born.

President C.L. Dunlap, left, of United American Insuranc Company, Architect George L. Dahl, right, and Mayor R. L. Thornton, center, turn the first spade of dirt for United American's new Home Office Building site in Dallas, TX.

President C.L. Dunlap, left, of United American Insurance Company, Architect George L. Dahl, right, and Mayor R. L. Thornton, center, turn the first spade of dirt for United American’s new Home Office Building site in Dallas, TX.

Dunlap spent many hours dreaming of starting his own insurance company. When he returned home from the war, C.L. took his life’s savings, as well as the help of relatives and friends who had faith in his abilities, and turned his vision into a reality. United American Insurance Company, or UAICO as it was known in 1947, started as a one-man operation. The official founding date of our Company was June 23, 1947, however, business did not begin until August. During the first year of operation, two people came on board to work with Mr. Dunlap — W.H. Coleman Jr., a Certified Public Accountant, and Kay Holt, their secretary.

On the 30th anniversary of United American Insurance Company, UA’s magazine back then — The News Flash — ran a personalized letter from C.L. Dunlap. We believe his message still holds true today:

“For I have found that, although good policies are necessary in the insurance industry, it is really the people involved who make a company. It is you, and those like you, who have made United American what it is today, whether you have been associated with the Company for a matter of days or for many years. And so, the celebration of our 30th anniversary is really a salute to you. Without you, it would not have been possible. To you, on behalf of the many others of us in both the field and the Home Office, I would like to extend a very heartfelt … many thanks.”

– C.L. Dunlap