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A London, England Insurance company owned a massive building in Montgomery, Alabama before 1870.

“The Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Company dates back to 1836, the year the Liverpool Fire and Life Insurance was established.” The company grew rapidly and not only had a presence in the United Kingdom but also in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The company expanded to the United States and opened its first branches in 1848. One of these branches was in Montgomery, Alabama and the building the Company was in is still standing.


Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Company in Montgomery, Alabama ca.  1870-1879 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

In the book 1848-1898, Fifty years of work in the United States of America: . . .1 the following is stated about the Montgomery branch.

In March, 1870, a building was purchased for the Company’s use in Montgomery, Ala., so that east, west, and south the policyholders of The Liverpool and London and Globe could note the disposition evinced to place as visible assets easily within the reach of attachment a certain portion of its investments in the United States. This portion at a later date was to be greatly enlarged. W. B. Davidson was the Agent for the Company in 1870.

The Montgomery, Alabama building was sold in 1894. B. H. Abrams was Field Agent for Georgia, Florida, and Alabama and was Special Agent for these States since 1887. He was previously an Agent with the Capital City Insurance Company in Montgomery, Alabama.

 W. B. Davidson was the Agent for the Company in 1870

Built on the Corner of Market Street and Court Square


The massive building below was built on the corner of Market Street (now Dexter Avenue) and Court Square. The photograph (above) by C. I. Payne of Montgomery, Alabama, dates to around 1870-1879. In the photograph several other businesses are visible, include Pollak & Co.’s Dollar Store, Wallin’s Photographic Gallery, Moses Brothers Real Estate & Insurance; Farley, Spear & Co., Bankers; and J. W. Hale, Drugs, and Medicine. This photograph was before the fountain was erected in 1886.

The building is very similar in appearance to the building (below) that is the Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Company building on Dale Street in London, England.

The Montgomery branch building of the company is very similar in appearance to this building constructed by the Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Company building on Dale Street in the UK constructed between 1856 and 1858. (Wikipedia)

Here is a postcard from around 1914 which includes the fountain with the same building on the left with a Capitol Clothing Store sign. (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

Postcard of Dexter Avenue Looking East, Showing State Capitol and the building on the left,  Montgomery, Al ca. 1940-1949 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

This is a photograph of the same building in 2010. (Photograph by Carol Highsmith, Library of Congress)

1 1848-1898. Fifty years of work in the United States of America; being an account of the entry into the United States of the company now known as the Liverpool and London and Globe, in the year 1848 and of its work there for fifty years; with which is included a brief history of the establishment and general operations of the company by Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company Limited published 1898

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