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Company firsts

Travelers has a rich and exciting history that illustrates our company's remarkable ability to adapt to changing times while maintaining a steadfast commitment to customers. Travelers was often ahead of other companies in the industry, offering cutting-edge products, ideas and training opportunities. Below are some examples of our company's firsts.

  • 1864: Introduced accident insurance.
  • 1897: Issued an automobile insurance policy.
  • 1903: Opened an insurance school.
  • 1904: Organized a corps of safety engineers.
  • 1919: Offered aircraft liability insurance, with a full aviation program.
  • 1944: Broadcast insured commercial on television.
  • 1953: Developed automobile simulator for driver education.
  • 1956: Established its own weather research center.
  • 1958: Offered women life insurance at lower rates than men.
  • 1966: Held transcontinental conference call.
  • 1968: Set up employee-staffed claim "hot lines."
  • 1969: Issued accident policies for space flight and lunar exploration.
  • 1997: Developed catastrophe response vehicles, self-contained claim offices on wheels.
  • 1999: Offered cyber liability program for companies conducting business on the internet.
  • 2006: Became the first auto insurance company to offer a discount to hybrid drivers nationally.
  • 2007: Travelers becomes title sponsor of the Travelers Championship.
  • 2009: Travelers establishes the Travelers Institute, the public policy division of Travelers.
  • 2009: Dow Jones adds The Travelers Companies to the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Travelers is the only insurance company and one of only a few financial services companies on the list.
  • 2013-14: Travelers develops Consumer and Business Risk Indices, designed to provide insight into which risks Americans believe present the biggest challenges in their everyday lives or business operations.
  • 2016: Travelers develops first predictive model to help injured employees avoid chronic pain and opioid use.

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