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Companies Founded in 1856

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List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1856; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
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    Albright and Wilson

    Albright and Wilson was founded in 1856 as a United Kingdom manufacturer of potassium chlorate and white phosphorus for the match industry. For much of its first 100 years of existence,...  more
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    Atlantic Telegraph Company

    The Atlantic Telegraph Company was a company formed on 6 November 1856 to undertake and exploit a commercial telegraph cable across the Atlantic ocean, the first such telecommunications link. The...  more
  • 3

    Baltic Shipyard

    The Baltic Shipyard is one of the oldest shipyards in Russia. It is located in Saint Petersburg in the south-western part of Vasilievsky Island. It is one of the three shipyards active in Saint...  more
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    Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP; is a Canadian-based international business law firm. It is one of the "seven sisters" in Toronto, Canada. Founded in 1856 by Dominick Edward Blake, Blakes has offices in...  more
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    Borden Milk Products L.P. is a privately held American corporation owned by the Dallas, Texas-based Milk Products LLC, a subsidiary of Grupo Lala....  more
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    Financial Services
    Britannia is a former mutual building society which merged with the Co-operative Financial Services in 2009. It is now a trading name of the Co-operative Bank in the United Kingdom. Britannia was...  more
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    Fashion, Clothing
    Burberry Group plc is a British luxury fashion house, distributing outerwear, fashion accessories, fragrances, sunglasses, and cosmetics. Its distinctive tartan pattern has become one of its most...  more
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    Ceres Brewery

    Malt Beverages, Alcoholic beverage
    Ceres Brewery was a brewery company located in Aarhus, Denmark. It was part of Royal Unibrew. The factories in central Aarhus, was closed in 2008 and the grounds are now being redeveloped into a new...  more
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    Credit Suisse

    Finance, Investment banking
    Credit Suisse Group is a Switzerland-based multinational financial services holding company, headquartered in Zürich, that operates the Credit Suisse Bank and other financial services investments....  more
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    F. Hinds

    F. Hinds is a jewellery retailing chain, operating in England and Wales. There are currently 113 F Hinds stores within the United Kingdom. The chain is an independent retailer which was founded in...  more
  • 11

    Gill & Macmillan

    Gill & Macmillan is a publisher based in Park West, Dublin, Ireland, and is a publisher of non-fiction and educational books in Ireland. It is a member of CLE, the Irish Book Publishers' Association....  more
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    Henry Weinhard's

    Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve and Blitz-Weinhard are brands of beer first brewed in 1856 in Portland, Oregon. The brewery was owned by the brewer Henry Weinhard of the Weinhard family, who also...  more
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    Automotive industry
    GM Holden Ltd, commonly designated Holden, is an Australian automaker that operates in Australasia and is headquartered in Port Melbourne, Victoria. The company was founded in 1856 as a saddlery...  more
  • 14

    Jasmin International Corporation

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    Joshua Hendy Iron Works

    Manufacturing, Engineering
    The Joshua Hendy Iron Works was an American engineering company that existed from the 1850s to the late 1940s. It was at one time a world leader in mining technology and its equipment was used to...  more
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    Lewis's was a chain of British department stores that operated from 1856 to 1991, when the company went into administration. The first store, which opened in Liverpool city centre, became the...  more
  • 17

    M&T Bank

    State Commercial Banks, Financial Services
    M&T Bank Corporation is a United States bank holding company. Founded in 1856 in western New York state as "Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company", the company is today headquartered in Buffalo. As...  more
  • 18

    Metz Brewery

    The Metz Brothers Brewing Company was among the first brewers in the U.S. state of Nebraska, having been established in the city of Omaha in 1859. It was among the earliest manufacturers in the city....  more
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    National Park Bank

    The National Park Bank was founded in 1856 in New York City, and by the late 19th century, it did more commercial business than any other bank in the country....  more
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    NBT Bank

    NBT Bank is owned by NBT Bancorp. Headquartered in Norwich, New York, the bank was founded in 1856 as The Bank of Norwich. It got a national charter in 1865 and became The National Bank of Norwich...  more
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    Newbury Building Society

    Financial Services
    Newbury Building Society is a building society based in Newbury, Berkshire in the south of England. 'The Newbury' was established in 1856 and is one of the oldest surviving building societies in the...  more
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    Orvis is a family-owned retail and mail-order business specializing in high-end fly fishing, hunting and sporting goods. Founded in Manchester, Vermont, in 1856 by Charles F. Orvis to sell fishing...  more
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    Ottoman Bank

    The Ottoman Bank was founded in 1856 in the Galata business section of İstanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire, as a joint venture between British interests, the Banque de Paris et des Pays-Bas...  more
  • 24

    Rand McNally

    Education, Miscellaneous Publishing
    Rand McNally is an American publisher of maps, atlases, textbooks, and globes for travel, reference, commercial, and educational uses. It also provides online consumer street maps and directions, as...  more
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    Read's Department Stores

    Read's Department Stores was a Bridgeport, Connecticut-based retail chain founded in 1857 by D.M. Read. Known for its classy, upscale merchandise, it was once hailed as New England's largest...  more