Treasury Department, Insurance Company returns, 1850-1860 | State Archives Catalog
Under state statute, (for, example, 1857, c. 129) insurance agents conducting business in Rhode Island were responsible for annually reporting to the General Treasurer the amount of insurance sold (“or procured for insurance”), and the amount of premiums received and assessed. Each agent was also required to pay to the General Treasurer a percentage of the amount of premiums and assessments (2% in 1857.) This function was eventually taken over by the State Auditor, then acting as State Insurance Commissioner (Public Law 444,1862.)
This series consists of insurance company filings and correspondence with the Treasury Department for the period between 1850 and 1860. The reports indicate the amount of cash premiums received by the company.