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JPMorgan Chase & Co. Employee Programs - Our History

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is one of the world's oldest, largest and best-known financial institutions.

The firm is built on the foundation of more than 1,200 predecessor institutions that have come together through the years to form today's company. We trace our roots to 1799 in New York City, and our many well-known heritage firms include J.P. Morgan & Co., The Chase Manhattan Bank, Bank One, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., Chemical Bank, The First National Bank of Chicago, National Bank of Detroit, The Bear Stearns Companies Inc., Robert Fleming Holdings, Cazenove Group and the business acquired in the WaMu transaction. Each of these firms, in its time, was closely tied to innovations in finance and the growth of the U.S. and global economies.

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  • Financing the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

    The Brooklyn Trust Company, one of JPMorgan Chase’s predecessors, provided a majority of the nearly $15 million needed to finance the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world. The historic bridge, opened in 1883, was the first to connect Manhattan and Brooklyn.

    Brooklyn Bridge picture circa 1883
  • Historic Relic from the Hamilton-Burr Duel

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. owns the brace of dueling pistols used in the infamous 1804 duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Aaron Burr was the first director of The Bank of The Manhattan Company, the firm's earliest banking predecessor. The Bank of The Manhattan Company purchased the pistols in 1930.

    Drawing of the Burr-Hamilton Duel and a picture of the dueling pistols.
  • Honoring a Financial Leader

    Salmon P. Chase is the namesake for the Chase National Bank, which later merged to become JPMorgan Chase & Co. Founded in 1877 by John Thompson, Chase National Bank was named as an homage to Salmon P. Chase, who served as Secretary of Treasury for Abraham Lincoln. Chase’s image was also featured on the $10,000 bill.

    $10,000 bill
  • Connecting Two Oceans

    In 1904, J.P. Morgan & Co. was part of the largest real estate deal at that time, arranging the transfer of $40 million from the U.S. government to the French Panama Canal Co. to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by way of the Panama Canal.

    Panama Canal
  • Advancing Women in Finance

    In 1924, Chase National Bank appointed Mary Andress Assistant Cashier. Chase was the first large New York City bank to hire a female officer in its main office. Andress also actively promoted banking as a viable career choice for women.

    Mary Andress headshot
  • Debut of an Iconic Logo

    The Chase octagon logo debuted in 1960 and was one of the earliest abstract company logos. While the octagon’s appearance has evolved over the years, it has been an integral part of the Chase brand for almost sixty years.

    Announcement and picture of Chase Octagon circa 1960.
  • Pioneering the ATM

    The United States’ first prototype cash dispensing machine, a precursor to the ATM, was inaugurated by Chemical Bank in 1969 at a Rockville Centre branch on Long Island. The first US bank to offer cash on demand, 24-hour banking was on its way to becoming a convenience all could enjoy.

    Chemical Cash Machine
  • Funding the Revitalization of Detroit’s Economy

    In 2014, JPMorgan Chase & Co. pledged $100 million over five years to support, accelerate, and scale some of the most innovative efforts underway to transform Detroit’s economy. To find out more, take a look at what we’re doing in Detroit.

    Aerial view of Detroit
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