Roosevelt & Cross Inc. was founded in 1946 by Archibald B. Roosevelt (son of President Theodore Roosevelt), Edwin J. Cross and three other associates, all veterans of the securities industry. Their vision for the firm was clear: they wanted Roosevelt & Cross to serve the needs of both retail and institutional investors in Northeastern securities while emphasizing customer service, professionalism and integrity.
Roosevelt & Cross Inc. is a registered broker-dealer specializing in tax-exempt and taxable municipal securities. While Roosevelt & Cross Inc. has expanded its underwriting efforts to include the entire United States, the firm continues to concentrate primarily on tax-exempt issues sold in the Northeast.
Their history has antecedents that reach back over a span of two centuries. Roosevelt & Son, our predecessor, was founded in 1797 as a hardware and plate glass merchandising company.. By the early 1900’s, Roosevelt & Son was a well-known financial firm with a growing presence in the municipal securities market.
Roosevelt & Cross grew rapidly during the decades from the 1950’s through the 1990s as the national economy expanded and the infrastructure needs of the Northeast burgeoned. That strong growth has continued into the twenty-first century. Today, the firm is a vibrant and forward-looking participant in the securities markets, originating new bond and note issues from States and local governments in New York, New Jersey and New England and marketing those securities to a large volume of high-net-worth customers and a broad range of institutional investors. Our capital base has grown to over $35 million in shareholder equity and our investment banking, marketing and underwriting skills are qualitatively the equal of the best in our industry. Those skills are embodied in our staff of over 70 professionals and support personnel, who represent the real underpinnings of our enterprise. Most of these staff members have toiled at the firm for decades and have built outstanding careers in the industry. Their loyalty is evidenced by the fact that over three-quarters of our staff own an equity interest in Roosevelt & Cross.