In 1784, Alexander Hamilton founded The Bank of New York, now BNY Mellon. A founding father of the US and its financial system, Hamilton was the first Secretary of the United States Treasury and founder of the US Mint and the Coast Guard.
With a group of contemporaries he helped to establish the first New York stock market, which eventually became the New York Stock Exchange. The Bank of New York provided the US with the first government loan and in 1792 was the first stock traded on New York’s original stock market.
Hamilton’s presence today on the ten dollar bill is a reminder of his role as the prime architect of a financial system that endures to this day.
Learn how his pioneering spirit inspires us today as we continue to improve lives through investing.
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