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The Hartford
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
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Founded1810; 210 years ago (1810)
HeadquartersHartford, Connecticut, U.S.
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The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., usually known as The Hartford, is a United States-based investment and insurance company. The Hartford is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in its namesake city of Hartford, Connecticut.[2] It was ranked 156th position in Fortune 500 in the year of 2018.[3] The company's earnings are divided between property-and-casualty operations, group benefits and mutual funds.

The Hartford is the 12th-largest property and casualty company in the United States.[4] They sell products primarily through a network of agents and brokers, and have also been the auto and home insurance writer for AARP members for more than 25 years.[5][6]


1875 postcard calendar for the Hartford Accident Insurance Co.

The Hartford was founded in 1810 in Hartford, Connecticut. A group of local merchants gathered in a Hartford inn and, with working capital of $15,000, founded the Hartford Fire Insurance Company. The company survived some of the greatest peacetime tragedies in American history. After a huge fire destroyed New York's financial district in 1835, The Hartford's president, Eliphalet Terry, used his personal wealth to cover all of the company's damage claims. Other catastrophic events included the Chicago fire of 1871 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.

The company logo shows a male deer, which in full maturity was referred to by the medieval hunting term hart. The etymology of 'Hartford' is the ford where harts cross (deer crossing). The Seal of the City of Hartford[7] likewise features a mature male deer.

Acquisitions, divestitures and related changes

  • 2019: Acquired Navigators, adding specialty products across 22 vertical markets, and offices in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Asia.[8]
  • 2018, Acquired Y-Risk, a managing general underwriter specializing in economy risks, with managing general agencies across the U.S.[9]
  • 2014: Sold its Japan annuities business to Orix Life Insurance Corp.[10]
  • 2013: Sold its life insurance business to Prudential, retirement plans to MassMutual, and a broker-dealer to AIG.[11]
  • 2012: Announced it would focus on property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds, and would sell its wealth management businesses.[12]
  • 2004: Purchased the Group Benefits Division of CNA Financial. The division was based in Chicago, Illinois.[]
  • 2000: Reacquired all the shares of Hartford Life (HLI was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange in 2006).[]
  • 1997: Changed name from ITT-Hartford Group, Inc. to the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., and also issued an IPO for its Hartford Life business under the ticker symbol "HLI."[]
  • 1995: ITT decided to streamline its operations and release some of its subsidiaries, and The Hartford became an independent entity once again, trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "HIG".
  • 1970: The Hartford was acquired by ITT Corporation for $1.4 billion,[13] at the time the largest corporate takeover in American history. The combined company was renamed ITT-Hartford Group, Inc.
  • 1959: Expanded into the life-insurance business by acquiring The Columbian National Life Insurance Company in Boston, Massachusetts.[]
  • 1913: Formed the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company to provide a wide variety of insurance coverage, including accident, automobile-liability, personal-damage, business-interruption and more.


  1. ^ "US SEC: Form 10-K The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Hartford Financial Services". Fortune. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Hartford Financial Services". Fortune. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Bronson, Caitlin. "These are the top 25 property/casualty insurance companies in the US". Insurance Business. Retrieved .
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  6. ^ Team, Trefis. "A Look At Hartford's Homeowners' Insurance Business". Forbes. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Seal of the City of Hartford (higher resolution image)
  8. ^ "Insurance Journal: Hartford to Close on $2.1 Billion Acquisition of Navigators on May 23".
  9. ^ "The Hartford Acquires Sharing Economy Insurance Specialist Y-Risk".
  10. ^ "MarketWatch: The Hartford Completes Sale Of Japan Annuity Company To ORIX Life Insurance Corporation".
  11. ^ "Hartford Courant: The Hartford Sale of 3 Units Completed This Week".
  12. ^ "Business Insurance: Hartford to focus on property/casualty lines".
  13. ^ History Of ITT Corporation

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