Historic, but not famous

James Batterson, sculpture, insurance agency founder

 James Goodwin Batterson (23 February 1823 in Bloomfield, Connecticut – 18 September 1901 in Hartford, Connecticut) was an American designer and builder, the owner of New England Granite Works from 1845 and a founder in 1863 of Travelers Insurance Company, both in Hartford, Connecticut. He introduced casualty insurance in the United States, for which he was posthumously inducted into the Insurance Hall of Fame (1965).

His real contribution to New York City is in the use of all that Granite and Stone. Before the Civil War he designed and built the monument to Gen. William J. Worth, New York City (1857). after the war Batterson supplied many cemetery and civil monuments. He also constructed the Masonic Temple in New York City, the Mutual Life Insurance Building, the Equitable Life Insurance Building, and the Alexander Hamilton statue in Central Park. Though his most important structure is not in NYC, he was the supplier of stone and general contractor for the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.. Most of the time he spent in NYC was as a builder and sculpture, but his contributions can be viewed daily by most visitors to Manhattan.

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