Alex. Brown & Sons

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Firm founded in 1800 in Baltimore, Md., that evolved from a mercantile business into an international banking house.

From the description of Alex. Brown & Sons records, 1796-1908 (bulk 1796-1884). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981806

Organizational History

  • 1800: Firm established in Baltimore, Md., by Alexander Brown (1764-1834)
  • 1804: Alexander Brown (1764-1834) organized Baltimore Water Co.
  • 1810: William Brown (1784-1864) sent to London, England, to establish firm of Brown Shipley & Co.
  • 1818: John A. Brown (1788-1872) sent to Philadelphia, Pa., to found Brown Brothers Harriman and Company
  • 1825: James Brown (1791-1877) sent to New York to found firm of Brown Brothers & Co.
  • 1827: Alexander Brown (1764-1834) helped organize Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Brown v. Maryland decided in favor of Alex. Brown & Sons
  • 1834: Alexander Brown (born 1764) died George Brown (1787-1859) named senior partner
  • 1839: Alex. Brown & Sons became separate banking concern
  • 1859: George Stewart Brown (1834-1890) named head of Baltimore, Md., house
  • 1890: Alexander Brown (1858-1949) named senior partner
  • 1924: Benjamin Howell Griswold (1858-1949) named head of firm
  • 1946: Alexander B. Griswold (1907- ) succeeded his father as senior partner

From the guide to the Alex. Brown & Sons Records, 1796-1908, (bulk 1796-1884), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Brown, Alexander, 1764-1834. person
associatedWith Brown, Alexander, 1858-1949. person
associatedWith Brown Brothers & Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Brown, George, 1787-1859. person
associatedWith Brown, George Stewart, 1834-1890. person
associatedWith Brown, James, 1791-1877. person
associatedWith Brown, John A., 1788-1872. person
associatedWith Brown, Shipley & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Brown, Stewart, b. 1769. person
associatedWith Brown, William, Sir, 1784-1864. person
associatedWith Cope, Thomas P. (Thomas Pim), 1768-1854. person
associatedWith Falls & Brown. corporateBody
associatedWith Falls, Moore. person
associatedWith Shipley, Joseph, 1795-1867. person
associatedWith Stewart Brown (Firm) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Banks and banking
Banks and banking
Banks and banking, International
International finance
Linen industry
Linen industry
Public utilities
Trading companies

Corporate Body

Active 1879

Active 1948



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