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Employment History


Bowne & Co. , Inc.


American Chamber of Commerce

New York Hospital

The Society for Establishing

Manumission Society of New York

The Bank of New York Company , Inc.

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The Bowne House Historical Society [cached]

Robert Bowne (1744-1818)

Robert Bowne founded Bowne & Co., financial printers, now the country's oldest public company.
In addition, he was a founding director, in 1784, of the Bank of New York and in 1787 of the Mutual Assurance Co., the city's first fire insurance company. He was also a founder of the New York Hospital and the American Chamber of Commerce. Like many Quakers, he was opposed to slavery and was active in the anti-slavery movement. In 1784, he joined with Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Eddy and George Clinton (who was married to Robert's cousin Hannah Bowne Franklin) to form the Manumission Society of New York. In 1805, he, along with others, formed The Society for Establishing a Free School in the City of New York.
Robert Bowne (1744-1818)
A man of vision, Robert Bowne was intrigued by the possibilities of improved commerce with newly settled land to the west and in 1791 helped organize an inland navigation company, paving the way for the Erie Canal, which was completed in 1825, during the administration of Governor DeWitt Clinton.

Bowne & Co. was established by ... [cached]

Bowne & Co. was established by Robert Bowne in 1775, and grew as a financial printer throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

:: The Historic House Trust of New York City :: Bowne House [cached]

Robert Bowne (1744-1818) founded Bowne & Co., a financial printing company that is still in existence today, and championed free education for all New Yorkers.

Industries - Business History of Industries - Business History Books [cached]

February 1775 - Robert Bowne (31, of Flushing, NY), two associates opened Bowne & Co. Merchants, stationary, general merchandise store, at Number 39 Queen Street (now Pearl St.), in New York City; became oldest business operating under same name in history of New York commerce; 1818 - Robert H. Bowne and John L. Bowne (sons) took control; 1843 - headed Robert, William, John Bowne (grandchildren); 1898 - end of Bowne family management, Stanley M. Dewey took over (20 year employee); 1909 - appointed company's fifth president, company incorporated for first time; 1922 - Dewey sold his interest in company to Edmund A. Stanley, young Bowne & Co. associate (with company since 1908); moved out of stationery, into printing enterprise; 1933 - Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) formed (required, by law, new public offering issue prospectuses, instituted annual reporting requirements for publicly-held companies); 1946 - sales exceeded $1-million for first time; 1961 - sales of $3 million; 1968 - went public; acquired The La Salle Street Press, Inc., largest financial printer in Chicago; 1974 - sales of $38 million; 1984 - Bowne & Co. first company to join new SEC voluntary electronic filing program for corporations called EDGAR, lent assistance to prime contractor in development of the program; 1990 - sales of $205 million; evolved into information management company; 1996 - sales of $501 million; formed Bowne Business Services (non-financial printing businesses), Bowne Digital Services (service provider for database management, on-demand printing, and digital print technologies); 1997 - sales of $716 million, net income record-setting $54 million.

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:: The Historic House Trust of New York City :: Bowne House [cached]

Robert Bowne (1744-1818) founded Bowne & Co., a financial printing company that is still in existence today, and championed free education for all New Yorkers.

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