Stewart® Fun-Filled Facts: 120 Years of Heritage and Counting

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No matter who we are, where we live or what our goals may be, we all have one thing in common: heritage. And when you have a unique story to tell, celebrating that heritage can be fascinating. Stewart’s heritage has created an international brand that has helped strengthen the real estate industry in the U.S. and abroad.

As a Stewart customer, past, present and future, you share in the 120 years of heritage that have helped make our company what it is today. When you examine the long, rich history of our company, you can’t help but marvel at how far we’ve come, how much we’ve accomplished and how many people, like you, we’ve helped secure a place to build their own heritage.

These comparisons from our early and more recent past are just a handful of the highlights we’ve experienced along the way. We hope you’ll join us as Stewart continues to make history, building an exciting future on the strong foundation our heritage provides.

1845
William H. Stewart – father of our founder – was present at the ceremony in Austin as the Republic of Texas joined the United States.

2004
Stewart Morris, Sr., William’s grandson, receives the George Washington Distinguished Service Award from the Sons of the American Revolution, given to one they deem manifests the highest quality of public and private life as exemplified by George Washington.

1876
William H. Stewart – the father of our founder – was present at the historic Constitutional Convention that formulated the Texas Constitution still in use today.

2013
Stewart Title is officially recognized as a Texas Treasure by the Texas Historical Commission.

Stewart Building in Galveston
Kauffman & Runge Building

1882
The Kauffman and Runge Building, designed by Houston Architect Eugene T. Heiner, is completed in Galveston, Texas, and later becomes the home of Stewart Title in 1905.

2013
Stewart Title, now headquartered in Houston at 1980 Post Oak Blvd., celebrates 120 years.

1893
Our company gets its start when Maco Stewart purchases Gulf City Abstract Company.

2013
120 years later and Stewart Title, now a publicly held company, is still headed by family – Matt Morris.

1916
Galveston, Texas, is hit by a major hurricane in 1916, and William C. Morris has to take the abstract records to a commercial laundry to dry them out.

2008
Galveston takes a hit from Hurricane Ike, but all records are safe and dry, stored electronically in our SureClose® transaction management system.

1901
Drillers strike oil in Beaumont, Texas, and the Spindletop oil field soon supplies half of all oil consumed in the U.S.

2013
Houston, Texas, is still the home of many oil companies and also the home of Stewart Title headquarters.

1965
Stewart Title joins its first computerized title plant operation.

2012
Online transactions in SureClose® surpass 7 million.

1979
Stewart and Joella Morris, and Stewart Title, are recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the restoration of the historic Stewart Title building in Galveston, Texas.

2013
The building continues to house the main office for Stewart Title in Galveston.

1981
Stewart Title has issuing offices in 38 states and Washington, D.C.

2013
Stewart has offices around the world and does business in more than 80 countries.

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