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Wall Street,

A noted thoroughfare in the part of New York City extending from Broadway at Trinity Church to the East River, about half a mile long. This title, however, designates a region extending about a quarter of a mile on either side of the greater part of Wall Street proper. The locality is famous the world over for its financial institutions, which include a large number of banking houses, the United States Sub-Treasury, the Custom-house, the Stock Exchange, etc. The name is derived from a wall of palisades which was built in Dutch colonial days as a defence against the Indians. The location of great financial houses here is due to the fact that the principal early government buildings were erected on the street. After the adoption of the Constitution of the United States the First Congress met here in a building on the site of the present Sub- Treasury. On the porch of that building George Washington was inaugurated the first President of the republic.

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