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According to the earliest records of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the union's first convention was held in St. Louis on November 21, 1891.

Ten delegates, representing 286 members, met to form what was then called the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Those ten members are credited as being the founders of the IBEW.

Less than two months later, on January 14, 1892, a small group of electrical workers, seven in number and believed to be the Charter Members of Local Union No. 9, were issued a charter by the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. This charter was short-lived, as the records show that a charter issued July 7, 1894 had twenty-two men initiated on that date, and these men are considered the Charter Members of the local now known as Local Union No. 9, IBEW.

The second convention was held in Chicago in 1892, the year of Local 9's charter. At the sixth convention of the NBEW in 1899, which was held in Pittsburgh, the name of the Union was changed to The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

The officers and members are happy and proud of their achievements over the past century and will continue to extend every effort for the further progress of IBEW Local 9.