The Hartford

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The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Founded1810; 213 years ago (1810)
HeadquartersHartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Key people
  • Christopher J. Swift
  • (Chairman & CEO)
  • Beth A. Costello
  • (Executive VP & CFO)
  • Scott R. Lewis
  • (Senior VP & Controller)
  • Doug Elliot
  • (President)
RevenueIncrease US$20.74 billion (2019)
Increase US$2.82 billion (2019)
Increase US$2.09 billion (2019)
Total assetsIncrease US$70.82 billion (2019)
Total equityIncrease US$16.27 billion (2019)
Number of employees
~19,500 (2019)
Footnotes / references

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 160th in Fortune 500 in the year of 2020.[3] The company's earnings are divided between property-and-casualty operations, group benefits and mutual funds.

The Hartford is the 13th-largest property and casualty insurance company in the United States.[4] It sells products primarily through a network of agents and brokers, and has 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 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 elk (bull), 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 (buck).

Acquisitions, divestitures and related changes[edit]

  • 2021: Chubb makes three takeover offers for The Hartford, but negotiations fell through on 28 April.[8]
  • 2020: Castel Underwriting Europe B.V. has decided to acquire from The Hartford the renewal rights for a Navigators Europe book consisting mostly of Dutch naval freight, inland hull, land-based equipment and liability company.[9]
  • 2019: Acquired Navigators, adding specialty products across 22 vertical markets, and offices in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Asia.[10]
  • 2018, Acquired Y-Risk, a managing general underwriter specializing in economy risks, with managing general agencies across the U.S.[11]
  • 2014: Sold its Japan annuities business to Orix Life Insurance Corp.[12]
  • 2013: Sold its life insurance business to Prudential, retirement plans to MassMutual, and a broker-dealer to AIG.[13]
  • 2012: Announced it would focus on property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds, and would sell its wealth management businesses.[14]
  • 2009: the company announced that it was withdrawing its business activities from Europe.[15]
  • 2004: Purchased the Group Benefits Division of CNA Financial. The division was based in Chicago, Illinois.[citation needed]
  • 2000: Reacquired all the shares of Hartford Life (HLI was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange in 2006).[citation needed]
  • 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".[citation needed]
  • 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,[16] 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.[citation needed]
  • 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "US SEC: Form 10-K The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Hartford Financial Services". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  3. ^ "Fortune 500". Fortune. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  4. ^ Libatique, Roxanne. "These are the top 25 property/casualty insurance companies in the US". Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2014-04-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Team, Trefis. "A Look At Hartford's Homeowners' Insurance Business". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  7. ^ "Seal of the City of Hartford (higher resolution image)".
  8. ^ Gosselin, Kenneth R. "Insurance giant Chubb says it will no longer pursue a takeover of The Hartford Financial Services Group". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2021-06-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Castel Acquires Dutch Marine Business from The Hartford". Insurance Journal. 17 July 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Insurance Journal: Hartford to Close on $2.1 Billion Acquisition of Navigators on May 23". 16 May 2019.
  11. ^ "The Hartford Acquires Sharing Economy Insurance Specialist Y-Risk". 3 December 2018.
  12. ^ "MarketWatch: The Hartford Completes Sale Of Japan Annuity Company To ORIX Life Insurance Corporation".
  13. ^ STURDEVANT, MATTHEW. "The Hartford: Sale Of 3 Units Completed This Week".
  14. ^ "Page Not Found". {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  15. ^ "Europa-Geschäft eingedampft: Hartford verlässt Deutschland -". Archived from the original on 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2022-07-25.
  16. ^ "History | ITT Inc".

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Business data for The Hartford: