MetLife Celebrates 150 Years

MetLife celebrates its 150th anniversary this month, so to celebrate, here are a few of the stories about how we’ve demonstrated our caring approach to our communities over the years.

Since opening its doors in 1868 MetLife has continuously evolved, transforming to meet consumers’ changing needs and reflect the environment within which we work.

We’ve always looked to make an impact not just on business but on the wellbeing of our customers, communities and society.

MetLife's First Insurance Policy

Metlife's first insurance policy


The origins of MetLife actually trace back to 1863, when a group of New York City businessmen raised $100,000 to found the National Union Life and Limb Insurance Company.

The company insured Civil War sailors and soldiers against disabilities due to wartime wounds, accidents, and sickness.

The company later reorganised to become MetLife in 1868. 

At the turn of the twentieth century, MetLife responded to the health crisis among the urban working class by establishing a Welfare Division along with a visiting nurse service which provided 20 million people with in-home health care.

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, MetLife worked closely with America’s farmers to rescue more than 7,000 farms from foreclosure.

In 1964, MetLife developed the first nationwide blood bank in partnership with the Red Cross.

Caring for those who need it the most has always been part of our DNA and will as we look to the future. Today, the MetLife Foundation continues our long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement.

Since 1976, the Foundation has provided more than $783 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments.

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MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit

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