February 13: The First Black American Was Elected to the NYSE on This Date in 1970

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By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: The Chicago Tribune

On February 13, 1970, Joseph L. Searles III (pictured) became the New York Stock Exchange’s first black floor member and floor broker.

Searles graduated from Kansas State University and went on to play professional football for the New York Giants. After that, Searles worked as an adviser to former New York mayor John Lindsay.

He was a member of the New York Young Republican Club and the Stock Exchange Luncheon Club. Searles worked for Neuberger, Loeb, and Company as a floor partner.

He went on to Georgetown University as a graduate student where he earned his law degree.

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