William A. Paine
William Alfred Paine was an American
United States
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 businessman who co-founded the stock broker
Stock broker
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age firm, Paine Webber
Paine Webber
Paine Webber and Company was an American stock brokerage and asset management firm that was acquired by the Swiss bank UBS AG in 2000. The company was founded in 1880 in Boston, Massachusetts, by William Alfred Paine and Wallace G. Webber. Operating with two employees, they leased premises at 48...


He began his career in finance in 1873 as a clerk at a bank in Boston
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. In 1880, with a loan from his father, he partnered with Wallace G. Webber to create the brokerage firm, Paine, Webber & C. They became members of both the Boston
Boston Stock Exchange
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 and New York Stock Exchange
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In 1887, William Paine married Ruth Felton Ward with whom he had two sons and three daughters. Outside of building a successful brokerage business, in 1899 William Paine invested in the Copper Range Consolidated Company, a major mining venture in the "Copper Country
Copper Country
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" of Michigan
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, for which he served as president. The town of Painesdale, Michigan
Painesdale, Michigan
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 was named for him and Freda, Michigan
Freda, Michigan
Freda, Michigan is an unincorporated community fifteen miles west of Houghton, Michigan, United States in the Stanton Township. Once a booming, dynamic town, Freda was a key part of the copper industry in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on the western edge of the Keweenaw Peninsula...

 is named for his daughter.

After running his highly successful brokerage business for nearly fifty years, William Paine died just a few weeks before the Wall Street Crash of 1929
Wall Street Crash of 1929
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. His son, F. Ward Paine, took over as head of the company.
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