Pioneering Progress

232 years ago, Alexander Hamilton founded The Bank of New York,
now BNY Mellon.

Future Founded

Hamilton’s genius – his unequalled ability to both envision the future and create the mechanisms to make it happen – is our legacy. It has powered our growth into a global investments company with a continuing commitment to insight and innovation.

BNY Mellon prides itself on remaining true to the values on which it was built and to the visionary, innovating tradition of its brilliant founder. It’s this founding spirit that has propelled BNY Mellon forward over the last 232 years.

Hamilton’s impact was relevant then and now.


Alexander Hamilton

BIRTHDATE: January 11, 1757

PLACE OF BIRTH: Nevis, British West Indies (Caribbean Islands)

EDUCATION: Columbia University, King’s College

FOUNDED: The Bank of New York, now BNY Mellon, in 1784

PREVIOUS JOBS: Soldier, lawyer, orator, innovator, writer


Did You Know Alexander Hamilton Was…?

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The first Secretary of the United States Treasury, and the prime architect of a financial system that endures til this day.

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The founder of The Bank of New York, which provided the U.S. with the first government loan.

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The founder of the U.S. Mint, the Coast Guard, and with a group of contemporaries, the first NY stock market, which eventually became the New York Stock Exchange.

A History of Firsts

As a company founded on innovation, we continue to work toward a future that helps shape it.

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Hamilton's America

The PBS documentary brings history to vivid life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon "Hamilton". The documentary delves deeply into the creation of the show, revealing Miranda’s process of absorbing and then adapting Hamilton’s epic story into groundbreaking musical theater.

You can now stream the documentary or watch the program on PBS (check local listings).

Watch Hamilton's America

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