The Hartford Financial Celebrates 200th Anniversary

The company insured Lincoln's home and paid claims after the Great Chicago Fire

The Hartford Financial on Monday, May 10, celebrated its 200th anniversary, and to commemorate the company's incorporation date, CEO Liam E. McGee and CFO Christopher J. Swift rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

"The company has played a critical role in America's history, protecting and investing in the country's trials and triumphs," McGee said in a statement. "We have assisted customers through almost every major historic event in the U.S. since 1810."

Some of the big events the company has been involved include, providing contract bonds for construction of the Hoover Dam in 1931 and the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937; paying almost $2 million in claims after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871; and insuring Abraham Lincoln's home in Springfield, Ill. in 1861.

For its bicentennial celebration The Hartford advertised in several publications, including a gatefold ad in TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People issue, as well as graphics celebrating the company's history on the homepage of the Wall Street Journal online.

"As the first insurance company incorporated in Connecticut, The Hartford has grown into one of the preeminent protection and wealth management companies in the United States," Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell, said in a statement. "I would like to congratulate The Hartford's employees on 200 years of serving customers and for the remarkable impact they make in Connecticut and in the communities where the company's employees live and work."

Read about the revamping of Hartford's Wealth Management business from the archives of InvestmentAdvisor.com.

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