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Then and now: America's oldest companies that are still open for business

Lovemoney Logo By Charlotte Irwin of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 43: The average company is said to only last 10 years, according to a study from the Santa Fe Institute, but many American companies have survived hundreds of years, some from before the 1776 Declaration of Independence. Take a look at some of the longest-lasting businesses that are still active in America today...

The oldest companies in America

The average company is said to only last 10 years, according to a study from the Santa Fe Institute, but many American companies have survived hundreds of years, some from before the 1776 Declaration of Independence.

Click ahead for a look at some of the longest-lasting businesses that are still active in America today.

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