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Amazon could benefit from Baltimore's legacy in business

I am a lifelong Baltimorean hoping Amazon picks Baltimore as its second headquarters site next year (“Maryland's incentive package for Amazon HQ2 measured in the billions of dollars," Oct. 18). The thought of adding 50,000 new jobs to our region’s economy is exhilarating.

Anyone who loves this city knows there is something special about Baltimore. Although we have lost our mark in the Fortune 500 standings, Charm City’s knack for producing some of the world’s greats in all facets of life can’t be denied.

And in business, no name has more world-wide business recognition than Baltimore’s own Edmund C. Lynch, co-founder of Merrill Lynch & Co.

Edmund C. Lynch was born in Baltimore in 1885 and graduated from Boys’ Latin School in 1904 and Johns Hopkins University in 1907.

The following fall, he decided to make his mark in business in New York City. It was later in 1907 at the age of twenty-two that Lynch first met Charles E. Merrill. They became best of friends. In 1914, Lynch joined his friend at the Charles E. Merrill & Co. and the two opened their office at 7 Wall Street in lower Manhattan. The following year the Charles E. Merrill & Co. became Merrill, Lynch & Co. and the rest is history.

I know this town is filled with men and women with the same drive and business acumen as Edmund C. Lynch. If Amazon picks Baltimore they too, will know!

Mac Kennedy, Baltimore

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