TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Who Was the First Sitting US President to Visit the NYSE?

May 17, 2011 ( – On this day in 1792, a group of 24 traders gathered under a buttonwood tree at 68 Wall Street in lower Manhattan to lay out the conditions and regulations of the speculative market in what would become the Buttonwood Agreement.


That two-sentence contract gave birth to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). 

But who was the first sitting US President to visit the NYSE?

Answer:  Ronald Reagan

On March 28, 1985, President Ronald Reagan made his first of two visits to the NYSE.

Not that we asked, but in case you were wondering, President George W. Bush was the second sitting President to visit the Exchange during the trading day (on January 31, 2007).