by Virginia Brainard Kunz.
In . Vol. 31, no. 3 (fall 1996), p. 3-32.
MNHS call number: Reading Room F612.R22 R3 v.31:3
, by James S. Machowski.
Saint Paul, Minn.: St. Paul Companies, 1988.
MNHS call number: HG8540.S27 M34 1988
A monthly publication for employees of The St. Paul Companies.
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
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.