Who was Edward Rowe Mores?

Edward Rowe Mores was a scholar and antiquarian who produced works in typography and history. He was also one of the key individuals in establishing The Society for Equitable Assurances on Lives and survivorships. Today, the society is referred to as Equitable Life. Edward Rowe Mores is also known for being the very first individual to use the title actuary in regards to insurance.

Edward Rowe Mores was the son of Edward Mores who was a rector of Tunstall for 20 years and Sarah Windsor who was the daughter or a merchant. He was born on January 24, 1731, in Tunstall close to Sittingbourne in Kent at Gore Court. He also had one sibling, a sister by the name of Ann Catherine.

At the time of his father’s death in 1740, he left a huge inheritance. During this same year, Edward Rowe Mores started attending Merchant Taylor’s School in London. His mother did remarry not long after his father’s death to a grocer in London by the name of Richard Bridgman, who was looked up to as a prominent member of the Grocer’s Company. In 1746, Edward Rowe Mores began attending Queens College in Oxford where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in 1750 and a Master’s Degree in 1753.

While at Oxford he was known for the large depth and range of his learning as well as his own peculiarities. One such peculiarity was that he mainly spoke Latin to his daughter while she was very young. He was very interested in Math as well as heraldry and in 1752 was elected a member of the Society of Antiquaries.

After the death of the leader of The Equitable Society, James Dodson, Edward Rowe Mores was elected the leader which later in 1762 became known as the Society for Equitable Assurances on Lives and Survivorship in 1762.