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Edmund C. Lynch

AKA Edmund Calvert Lynch

Born: 19-May-1885
Birthplace: Baltimore, MD
Died: 12-May-1938
Location of death: London, England
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Lynch of Merrill-Lynch

Edmund C. Lynch was a New York City stockbroker when Charles E. Merrill moved to the city and took a room in the same YMCA boarding house, in 1907. The two men became good friends, and when Merrill opened his own brokerage in 1914, Lynch became the firm's second employee, and their partnership was re-branded Merrill, Lynch & Company on 15 October 1915. Lynch was a key distributor of securities for the emerging S.S. Kresge Company (now K-Mart), and engineered the 1921 purchase of Pathé Exchange, the pioneering French moviemaker which later became Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO Radio Pictures). After Lynch's death in 1938, Merrill had the comma removed from the company's name, a tribute to his dead friend which has led many to mistakenly believe that the company's founder was a man named Merrill Lynch.

Father: Richard Lynch
Mother: Jennifer Vernon Smith Lynch
Wife: Signa Fornaris Lynch (b. circa 1896, m. 1924)
Daughter: Vernon Lynch Merrill
Son: Edmund Calvert Lynch, Jr. (Merrill Lynch executive, b. 11-Jan-1928, d. 19-May-2003)
Daughter: Signa Janney Lynch Read Mills

    High School: Boys' Latin School of Maryland, Baltimore, MD (1903)
    University: BA, Johns Hopkins University (1907)

    Merrill Lynch Partner (1915-38)
    Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity
    Heart Attack 12-May-1938 (fatal)

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