"My NYSE Group colleagues and I join all Americans in mourning the loss of President Ford, a man of great integrity and vision, and a dedicated public servant," said NYSE Group, Inc. CEO John A. Thain. "He assumed a troubled presidency in a critical time, and thoughtfully and skillfully restored credibility and confidence in the presidency. President Ford also made significant contributions to the stability and vitality of the U.S. economy and financial markets. It is appropriate that we honor President Ford and celebrate the life of a truly great American."
During the 20th Century, the NYSE has generally closed to honor the deaths of past and sitting U.S. presidents. Most often, the Exchange has closed the entire day of the president's funeral, which is usually declared a national day of mourning.
Below are listed the special actions taken by the NYSE to honor deceased U.S. presidents.
Five presidents merited only a partial closing: Hoover (1964), Taft (1930), Wilson (1924), Theodore Roosevelt (1919) and Cleveland (1908). Only one president, Benjamin Harrison (d. Mar. 13, 1901), was not honored with a memorial closing at the NYSE. Archival records do not indicate why.