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History of the New York Stock Exchange

Compiled by Ellen Terrell
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May 2004
Updated October 2012

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The history of the New York Stock Exchange External Link begins with the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement by twenty-four New York City stockbrokers and merchants on May 17, 1792, outside at 68 Wall Street under a Buttonwood tree. In the beginning there were five securities traded in New York City with the first listed company on the NYSE being the Bank of New York.

The 24 brokers who signed the agreement, thus becoming the first NYSE members were:

Buttonwood diorama. NYSE. Museum of the City of New York
Buttonwood diorama. NYSE. Museum of the City of New York
from the Gottscho-Schleisner Collection (Library of Congress)
Reproduction number: LC-G612-T-47539-A
Leonard Bleecker Hugh Smith
Armstrong & Barnewall Samuel March
Bernard Hart Alexander Zuntz
Andrew D. Barclay Sutton & Hardy
Benjamin Seixas John Henry
John A. Hardenbrook Samuel Beebe
Benjamin Winthrop John Ferrers
Ephraim Hart Isaac M. Gomez
Gulian McEvers Augustine H. Lawrence
G. N. Bleecker John Bush
Peter Anspach Charles McEvers, Jr.
David Reedy Robinson & Hartshorne

(Source: The NYSE Euronext Archived Web Site: History External Link)

On April 4, 2007, the NYSE Group, Inc. combined with Euronext N.V. to create the holding company NYSE Euronext. NYSE Euronext (NYSE/New York and Euronext/Paris: NYX).

On December 21, 2012 IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) announced it will buy NYSE Euronext.
(Source: CNN Money Web site: NYSE to be sold to IntercontinentalExchange External Link)

On May 25, 2018 it was announced that Stacey Cunningham will become the first female president of the New York Stock Exchange.
(Source: NBC News, New York Stock Exchange gets its first female president External Link)

Additional Sources

Internet Resources

Additional Reading

  • Constitution and rules. New York Stock Exchange. Chicago, Ill. : Commerce Clearing House
    LC Call Number: HG4571 .N56
    LC Catalog Record: 95647587
  • Directory. New York. Stock Exchange. [New York, n. d.]
    LC Call Number: HG4571 .N5
    LC Catalog Record: 18018647
    Covers years 1918, 1919, 1921, 1934, 1964-68, 1972-73, 1995-96 and includes individual member names (with admitted date and firm name/address) but firm names as well.
  • Fact book. New York Stock Exchange. [New York, N.Y.] : The New York Stock Exchange. Annual. Ceased in 2001.
    Continued online as NYSE Facts and Figures External Link
    LC Call Number: HG4571 .N56
    LC Catalog Record: 85641633
  • History of the New York stock exchange, the New York stock exchange directory, the produce, consolidated stock and petroleum, and cotton exchanges. And the New York and London clearing house systems. New York, The Financier company. [c1887]
    LC Call Number: HG4572.H52
    LC Catalog Record: 16005774
    A general history with early officers and stock information for the active shares and members (with firm and admitted date), list of firms in 1885-1886. Also includes a history of Consolidated Stock and Petroleum Exchange of New York and some information from the New York Produce Exchange and the New York Clearing House Association.
  • The New York Stock Exchange, a reprint from the 1886 edition published by the Historical Publishing Company, New York. Arno Press : New York, 1975. 224 p.
    LC Call Number: HC4572.N456 1975
    LC Catalog Record: 75002620
  • The New York Stock Exchange: Another Century. James E. Buck ed. Lyme, CT: Greenwich Pub: 1999.
    LC Call Number: HG4572.N453
    LC Catalog Record: 98049162
  • Report of the president. New York Stock Exchange. [New York] : The Exchange. Continued by the New York Stock Exchange. Annual financial report.
    LC Call Number: HG4571 .N45
    LC Catalog Record: 32005491
  • Crane, Burton. "The Stock Exchange's 150 Years Cover Nation's Financial Record," New York Times, May 17, 1942.
  • Robert Sobel. N.Y.S.E. : a history of the New York Stock Exchange, 1935-1975 New York : Weybright and Talley, [1975]
    LC Call Number: HG4572.S673
    LC Catalog Record: 75008876
  • Stedman, Edmund C. The New York stock exchange; itís history, itís contribution to national prosperity, and itís relation to American finance at the outset of the twentieth century. New York, Stock exchange historical company, 1905.
    LC Call Number: HG4572 .S8
    LC Catalog Record: 05037562
    Includes an appendix with a history of officers, members, and statistics.
  • Year book. [New York] Dept. of public relations [etc.] [n.d.]
    LC Call Number: HG4571 .N55
    LC Catalog Record: 05037562
    Includes annual death (with length of service), membership transfer information and other information on happenings of that year.

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