Test Your Knowledge of
Our Founder

Alexander Hamilton’s innovative spirit lives within our company today. Take this quiz to see how much you know about his storied past.

Question 1

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Alexander Hamilton founded:

  • A. The Bank of New York, now BNY Mellon
  • B. The forerunner to the U.S. Coast Guard
  • C. The United States Mint
  • D. All of the above
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The answer is D.
Hamilton was a man of vision, innovation and energy unequalled among the Founding Fathers.

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Question 2

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Hamilton was the first in a long line of innovators at BNY Mellon. Which one of these quotes came from him?

  • A. To be, or not to be, that is the question.
  • B. People sometimes attribute my success to my genius; all the genius I know anything about is hard work.
  • C. Keep calm and carry on.
  • D. Do. Or do not. There is no try.
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The answer is B.
Hamilton’s hard work structured a nation, created a financial system, and laid the foundation for a modern economy.

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Question 3

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The initial five securities traded on New York's stock market were attributed to Alexander Hamilton. Which was the very first?

  • A. New Amsterdam Steamboat, Co.
  • B. Pirepont Bridge & Culvert
  • C. Pennsylvania Railroad
  • D. The Bank of New York, now BNY Mellon
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The answer is D.
In 1792, The Bank of New York, now BNY Mellon, was the first stock traded on New York's original stock market.

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Question 4

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What do the 1st and 49th Secretaries of the U.S. Treasury have in common?

  • A. They called New York City home.
  • B. They attained high military rank.
  • C. They established influential banks.
  • D. They served in the same post under three consecutive presidents.
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The answer is C.
Alexander Hamilton, 1st Treasury Secretary, founded The Bank of New York. Andrew Mellon, the 49th, helped launch Mellon Bank. In 2007 the two merged, becoming BNY Mellon.

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Question 5

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When Hamilton established the U.S. Coast Guard in 1790, it was a part of:

  • A. The Navy
  • B. The Revolutionary Army
  • C. The State Department
  • D. The Treasury Department
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The answer is D.
As 1st Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton established the Revenue-Marine to prevent smuggling — which cut directly into the government’s main source of income: import tariffs.

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Question 6

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In its 230+ year history, The Bank of New York, now BNY Mellon, helped finance:

  • A. The Erie Canal
  • B. The Union Army during the Civil War
  • C. The first NYC subway
  • D. All of the above
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The answer is D.
As the oldest continually operating bank in the United States, The Bank of New York, founded by Alexander Hamilton, played a part in some of the nation’s most significant events.

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Alexander Hamilton Clapping
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I thought everyone knew about me. Evidently, I was wrong. I don’t know what Google is, but I hear you can discover much about me there. You are cordially invited to discover the history of my profound past. I was always more of a quiz half-full kind of person myself. Your correct answers constitute a clear majority – something I was oft denied in Congress. Tis’ both an honor and a pleasure to call you a scholar of yours truly. Huzzah!
It is with distinct joy that I pronounce you a master of myself!

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