The first Flight Accident Policy – who bought it and when?

When was the first Flight Accidental Death policy (then known as Aero Trip Ticket policy) sold? And who purchased the first policy?

Good questions that probably would have been lost to history if not for “The Travelers 100 Years” published in 1964 to commemorate their centennial anniversary.

The answer:

President W. Wilson of Washington, DC.

Sold: 9:00 AM on May 6, 1919 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

But the story doesn’t end there. Also buying policies on the same day were;

    Admiral Robert E. Peary, discoverer of the North Pole;
    Orville Wright, of first flight fame;
    Newton Baker, Secretary of War;
    Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy; and
    Willaim Redfield, Secretary of Commerce

Not bad for the first day of sales almost 89 years ago!

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