The Northwestern National Life Insurance Company Home Office was the headquarters of Minnesota’s largest life insurance company. Within ten years of being established in 1885 a corporate shakedown that rivaled New York’s Equitable scandal of 1905 nearly toppled Northwestern National, but intervention by the state government under the direction of Governor John Johnson put the company on the road to recovery. The company’s new leadership, mostly drawn from the executive ranks of local banks that were usually fierce rivals, soon made it the largest life insurance company in Minnesota and, by the end of World War I, the largest in the Northwest. The company’s postwar success led to the construction of its new home office in 1922-1924, a tangible sign of its recovery from the early 20th-century scandal. This building, the Northwestern National Life Insurance Company Home Office, is located southwest of downtown Minneapolis, in the Loring Park neighborhood.
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