Great American’s roots go back to the 1800’s with the founding of Great American Insurance Company in 1872, based in New York City. The company symbol was an eagle. The company’s first policy was written on March 19, 1872. Through the remainder of the 1800’s, Great American continued to grow and attract more agents. Great American entered the twentieth century as one of the most respected and financially stable companies in America with an excellent reputation for paying claims.