Happy Birthday to The Travelers Insurance Company – 145 years old today. Why is it important? Because it was on April 1, 1864 that The Travelers opened it’s doors in order to offer travel insurance to people traveling – hence the name The Travelers. Just imagine, in the middle of the Civil War, businessman James G. Batterson has the forethought to start an insurance company for the purpose of insuring people traveling. Well done Mr. Batterson!