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Alexander Brown (1764-1834) emigrated from Ireland to Baltimore in 1800 and opened a dry goods business with which his four sons became associated. One son, John (1788-1872), opened a branch in Philadelphia in 1818 and expanded the business to include foreign exchange transactions. Another son, James (1791-1877) established Brown Brothers & Co. in New York City in 1825 and eventually absorbed the other branches. In addition, Brown Brothers & Co. was associated with the English firm of Brown, Shipley & Co. which was run by another brother, William Brown (1784-1864). In the early 1830s James Brown sold the dry goods portion of the company and concentrated on banking and trade. Thereafter, Brown Brothers & Co. became one of the most successful American banking houses. A 1930 merger created the present firm of Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co.

From the description of Brown Brothers & Company records, 1825-1889, bulk (1830s-1870s). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122314196

From the guide to the Brown Brothers & Company records, 1825-1889, 1830s-1870s, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Cochran, Robert. Cochran, Robert, papers, 1838-1858. University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Jervis, John B. (John Bloomfield), 1795-1885. Papers, 1820-1884 [microform]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co. Records of Brown Brothers Harriman, 1696-1973, 1995 (bulk 1820-1968). New-York Historical Society Library
creatorOf A. Blanc & Co. Trade catalogs of seeds, 1855-1938. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
referencedIn Shipley, Joseph, 1795-1867. Papers, 1741-1898 [photoprints and microfilm]. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Delano & Aldrich. Brown Brothers & Co. [office] [at] 59 Wall st., New York, N.Y. [graphic] / [Delano & Aldrich]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Brown Brothers & Company. Bill of exchange and receipts, 1870-1871 : Philadelphia. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Leverich, Henry S. Checkbook, 1830-1837. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Brown Brothers & Company. Brown Brothers & Company records, 1825-1889, bulk (1830s-1870s). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Brown Brothers & Company records, 1825-1889, 1830s-1870s New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Moody, John, 1868-1958. [Financial analysts' recommendations concerning Northern Pacific securities]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Alex. Brown & Sons Records, 1796-1908, (bulk 1796-1884) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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associatedWith Alex. Brown & Sons. corporateBody
associatedWith Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Brown, James, 1791-1877. person
associatedWith Brown, John, 1788-1872. person
associatedWith Brown, Shipley & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Brown, Shipley & Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Brown, William, Sir, 1784-1864. person
associatedWith Cochran, Robert. person
associatedWith Delano & Aldrich. corporateBody
associatedWith Jervis, John B. (John Bloomfield), 1795-1885. person
associatedWith Leverich, Henry S. person
associatedWith Shipley, Joseph person
associatedWith Shipley, Joseph. person
associatedWith Shipley, Joseph, 1795-1867. person
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New York (State)--New York
New Orleans (La.)
United States
New York (N.Y.)
New Orleans (La.)
New York (N.Y.)
Great Britain
United States
Liverpool (England)
Havana (Cuba)
Great Britain
Havana (Cuba)
Banks and banking
Business enterprises
Business enterprises
Business enterprises

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Active 1825

Active 1889



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