BNY Mellon Chairman and CEO Gerald Hassell rings the NYSE Opening Bell BNY Mellon Chairman and CEO Gerald Hassell rings the NYSE Opening Bell with Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow, Hamilton descendants and BNY Mellon employees.
BNY Mellon Chairman and CEO Gerald Hassell rings the NYSE Opening Bell NYSE President Thomas W. Farley presents Hassell with Buttonwood Agreement replica at a pre-Opening Bell ceremony.
image Hassell, Farley and Chernow ring the NYSE Opening Bell.
image Chernow, Farley and Hassell discussing The First Report on Public Credit issued by Alexander Hamilton, which is held by Hassell.
image Hamilton’s descendants with The First Report on Public Credit.

232 Years Young: BNY Mellon Celebrates Anniversary at NYSE with Hamilton Biographer and Descendants

June 10, 2016

To recognize the 232nd anniversary of the founding of The Bank of New York, the foundation of today’s BNY Mellon, BNY Mellon Chairman and CEO Gerald L. Hassell rang the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). New York’s first bank was established by a group led by Alexander Hamilton, whose contributions to the rise of the U.S. as a world economic power have found the pop culture spotlight thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway-hit, “Hamilton.” 

Joining Hassell at the bell ringing were Ron Chernow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and “Hamilton” biographer; two descendants of Alexander Hamilton; and several BNY Mellon employees who exemplify the company’s commitment to excellence. 

Hamilton’s vision turned The Bank of New York into a bank of firsts. The company provided the first ever loan to the U.S. government, helped to finance construction of the New York City subway system and spark the U.S. industrial revolution, and became the first stock traded on the NYSE. 

“Today, I have the privilege of leading the company that Alexander Hamilton founded,” said Hassell.  “Over the years, BNY Mellon has adapted to a changing world, and we’ve built leading capabilities in investment services and investment management. We take pride in the fact that, throughout our history, we’ve remained true to the values on which we were built and to the visionary, innovative tradition of our brilliant founder.” 

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