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The St. Paul Companies: Overview

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 "Fires, Hurricanes, Diamonds, Elephants : The Colorful History of St. Paul Companies, Minnesota’s Oldest Business Corporation," by Virginia Brainard Kunz.
In Ramsey County History. Vol. 31, no. 3 (fall 1996), p. 3-32.
MNHS call number: Reading Room F612.R22 R3 v.31:3 

A History of the St. Paul, by James S. Machowski.
Saint Paul, Minn.: St. Paul Companies, 1988.
MNHS call number: HG8540.S27 M34 1988

The St. Paul News/ Spectrum
A monthly publication for employees of The St. Paul Companies.

"The St. Paul, A Frontier Heritage," by Ronald M. Hubbs.
Born on several frontiers at different times and places to meet different needs, still in the vanguard on modern day frontiers, these are the companies called the St. Paul.
MNHS call number: Microfilm 266 v.19:13
MNHS call number: HG8540.S27 A25 v.19:13

Ronald M. Hubbs Papers, 1937-1997 (Bulk 1978-1992)
Correspondence and memoranda, minutes, newspaper clippings, speeches, printed material, and other papers relating to St. Paul insurance executive Ronald M. Hubbs, and to his involvement relating to the St. Paul Companies, and predecessor companies.  
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid  

Overview

In 1853 seventeen pioneering entrepreneurs founded the St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, now Minnesota’s oldest business corporation. Alexander Wilkin, the company’s first president, knew that founding a business in the Minnesota frontier, with a population not much more than 1,000 on the edge of Dakota and Ojibwe territories, was a risky move.  As more settlers came to Minnesota, the need for security and insurance became apparent.

Over the next 100 years, the company prospered and grew to be one of the most sucessful businesses in Minnesota, surviving huge payouts to customers affected by the Chicago Fire of 1871 and the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.  In 1968, the company realized they were outgrowing their current situation and reorganized under the name The St. Paul Companies.  As they moved into more insurance markets, the company continued to flourish.  In 2004 The St. Paul Companies merged with Connecticut-based, Travelers Insurance, to form St. Paul Travelers, with the company’s headquarters remaining in St. Paul. In 2007 the name was changed to The Travelers Companies. 

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