Rare documents that establish Philadelphia as the home to thiscountry's first life insurance company were presented to theHistorical Society of Pennsylvania by Nationwide Life InsuranceCompany of America. The documents, which date to the early 1700s,include ledgers and journals that tie Nationwide to thePhiladelphia-based Presbyterian Ministers Fund, the original lifeinsurance company in the United States, according toNationwide.

The materials, including some associated with the family ofPennsylvania founder William Penn, will be on permanent loan to thehistorical society so that researchers and historians can study thefinancial views and day-to-day concerns of our country'sforefathers.

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