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MetLife has been woven into the fabric of American life for over 140 years. Our history of providing solutions to life’s greatest challenges, protection for its biggest risks, and strategies for our most important goals reflects our commitment to our mission. From our start as a private insurer of soldiers and sailors, to the launch of the seventh largest IPO in U.S. history, our continuous growth and enduring strength demonstrate the significance of our work.

 

  • 1860
    • American Civil War
    • March 24, 1868: Metropolitan Life and Limb Insurance Company opens at 243 Broadway, New York City
  • 1870
    • 80 agents make up the company’s field force
    • Metropolitan purchases its first headquarters in Manhattan
  • 1880
    • Edith McGregor and Hattie Gifford, the first female agents, are hired
 

 

  • 1900
    • Welfare Division created with Visiting Nurse Service, New York City
    • The Metropolitan Tower Opens
  • 1910
    • World War I
 

 

  • 1925
    • First group plan covers more than 1,000 people at General Motors
  • 1930
    • The stock market crashes
    • Metropolitan rescues over 7,000 families from foreclosures
  • 1940
    • World War II
    • Metropolitan places 51% of assets in war bonds
 

 

  • 1950
    • Personal hospital and surgical expenses policies for individuals and families introduced
    • Metropolitan and Red Cross develop first nationwide blood bank
  • 1960
    • Metropolitan Life celebrates its 100th anniversary and adopts new logo
    • To avoid financial crisis in NYC, Metropolitan assists float the Big MAC bonds
 

 

  • 1975
    • Metropolitan is the largest insurance company selling both variable life and universal life products
  • 1985
    • Peanuts® advertising campaign launches
  • 1987
    • Blimp Program Launches
  • 1990
    • MetLife surpasses $1 trillion of life insurance in force
  • 1995
    • Merger with New England Mutual Life Insurance Company
    • MetLife’s International Operations surpass $1 billion
 

 

  • 2000
    • MetLife goes public and MET stock becomes most widely held in North America
    • 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
    • After terrorist attacks, MetLife invests $1 billion in the stock market to support U.S. economy
  • 2005
    • MetLife completes largest deal ever with purchase of Travelers Life & Annuity
    • President and CEO Rob Henrikson named Chairman of the Board
    • MetLife celebrates 140 years
  • 2010
    • MetLife continues developing innovative products and services and strengthening the company’s distribution power in the U.S. and 17 markets in Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe
 

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