James G. Batterson, a businessman from Hartford, Connecticut, founded Travelers in 1864 with a group of townsmen. Although the company has introduced several insurance add-ons (such as adding space policies for space exploration in 1969) since its inception, the company has offered accident and auto insurance from its earliest days in business.
Travelers has seen one significant merger, with The St. Paul Companies Inc. (an insurance provider specializing in fire coverage) in 2004, forming the St. Paul Travelers Co. Inc. However, in 2007, the company changed its name back to The Travelers Companies, which is what we know Travelers by today.
As of 2022, Travelers is the tenth-largest auto insurance provider in the country, has earned a place on the Fortune 500 list, and continues to provide coverage for millions of Americans every day.