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The strength and stability we operate with today is borne from a long legacy of principled actions, deft decision-making, bold innovation and a commitment to always doing what’s right for our clients.

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During the height of the “Gilded Age” of corruption and conspicuous consumption, one of Chicago's most respected and influential bankers saw the need for a bank that embodied service, expertise and integrity.

On August 12, 1889, Byron Laflin Smith opened The Northern Trust Company. Ever since, we have stayed true to those core principles.