The Buttonwood Agreement

While most people are familiar with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), its humble origin may be less well know. This prestigious institution can be traced back to a simple buttonwood tree in front of 68 Wall Street.
It was under this tree that, on May 17, 1792, twenty-four stock brokers signed what became known as the ‘Buttonwood Agreement’ which established the formation of the New York Stock & Exchange Board. In 1863, this name was shortened to its modern form, “New York Stock Exchange”. In 1903, the NYSE moved to its current location at 18 Broad Street.

Original Location – 68 Wall Street
Current Location – 18 Broad Street

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