Our history & heritage
Heritage isn't just about history. It's about people and their stories. The stories that shape who we are, tell where we've been and show where we're going. At Bank of America, our history covers more than two centuries and includes people who helped to shape life as we know it in this country. The stories of our history and heritage connect us to some of the greatest achievements and advancements of all time, and we're proud to share them.
The Bank of Nantucket helped grow a thriving whaling industry on Nantucket Island and played a role in several events that made the island famous.Get the whole story.
Bank of America's oldest heritage bank in Chicago was instrumental in developing Chicago during its population boom and the rebuilding of the city after the Great Fire.Get the whole story.
The first nationally licensed credit card program, BankAmericard, expanded around the globe and was eventually renamed Visa.Get the whole story.
Our roots, from 1784 to 1850, are set in stories of our earliest heritage members and their roles in the evolution of a young United States. Learn about the making of the national anthem, the survival of our capital through the War of 1812, the discovery of comets, building a foundation for economic growth and more.
The rise of industry
Between 1850 and 1900, the American Industrial Revolution sparked enormous social, political and economic advancement throughout the country. Our heritage includes stories of people who played a significant part in these events, from the making of great cities to revitalization after the Civil War to the vision of enterprising young bankers and beyond.
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The modern era
From 1900 to 1950, our country entered the modern era, a time when our heritage stories tell of rapid progress with political and economic advancements. From Hollywood filmmakers to bridge engineers to the London stage, our legacy of people in support of innovation is rich.
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This famous and stunning achievement of civil engineering was funded by Bank of America. The 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge spans the Golden Gate Strait to connect San Francisco and Marin County.
As of today, more than 2 billion vehicles have traveled across the bridge since it opened. Frommers travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge "possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world."" />
Technology & innovations
In the half-century from 1950 to 2000, our heritage stories tell of people whose revelatory achievements led to technological advancement and international expansion. Learn about the advent of automated banking, the world's first electronic recording machine–accounting (ERMA) system, the development of magnetic-ink character recognition (MICR) and more.
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VIDEO: Introducing the modern credit cardVIDEO: Introducing the modern credit card Get the whole story.
Today, Bank of America is a global company committed to helping clients, customers and communities thrive around the world. We are a global leader in wealth management as well as corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes.
In the U.S alone, we serve 49 million consumers and small businesses with 5,000 retail banking offices, 16,000 ATMs, 30 million online banking users and more than 15 million mobile users. And, we offer industry-leading support to 3 million small business owners through an innovative suite of award-winning online products and services.
Our commitment to being a responsible company helps ensure the sustainability of our operations and the wellbeing of our employees while maintaining a positive impact on the economy, communities and society as a whole.
We are inspired by our past as we look forward to future. Building on our heritage, each day is an opportunity for us to help improve the financial lives of our customers and clients.
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