The History of Rough Notes Magazine

History of Rough Notes

In this Resources webinar, President & CEO, Walter J. Gdowski, uncovers the unique history behind the insurance industry’s most recognized publication, Rough Notes Magazine.

Rough Notes Magazine began in the late 1800’s and is considered the very first national publication for insurance agents. The company behind the magazine has since expanded to provide a wide array of insurance products and solutions with the mission of empowering independent agents and their clients. 

Rough Notes began with Dr. Henry C. Martin who conducted life insurance examinations in Indianapolis. He rode a trolley back to his agency after visits and would write himself “rough notes” of what he wanted to talk to insurance agents about. The rest is history!

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