The New England Baptist and the Connecticut Yankee
Nobody who plants corn digs up the kernels in a day or two to see if the corn has sprouted, but in stocks most people want to open an account at noon and get their profit before night.
CHARLES HENRY DOW
DOW JONES & COMPANY is one of the few Wall Street partnerships that has not changed either its name or its aim in the past hundred years. Organized in 1882, the company is still dedicated to its original purpose: gathering news about and affecting the world of business and reporting that news in a lucid, lively, and levelheaded style.
Dow Jones's founders, Charles Dow and Edward Jones, were not the first to perceive the need for news about commercial matters. In 1795, three years after a group of merchants gathered under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street and agreed to form the New York Stock Exchange, James Oram, a printer with offices at 35 Liberty Street, launched the country's first financial publication.
Oram called his paper The Shipping and Commercial List and New York Prices Current. Its Contents were as matter of fact as its title. There were no news stories, political commentaries, or social notes. The List was devoted exclusively to matters of commerce, finance, and shipping.