The late Edmund O'Connor was a Chicago futures trader who was the architect and one of the founders of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. O'Connor, who founded among other companies, O'Connor & Company, O'Connor & Associates and First Options of Chicago, died in January of 2011.
O'Connor was vice chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade when at a dinner with then CBOT Chairman William Mallers, Sr., he outlined plans to create the first U.S. equity options exchange on a napkin. He later served as the first chairman of the board of the Options Clearing Corporation. He also served for many years on the board of the Chicago Board of Trade.
O'Connor also served on the board of directors of the Burling Bank in Chicago.
O'Connor graduated with a law degree in 1950. 
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