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    Jay Gould Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railway Company Stock Certificate Signed. One page, 15.75" x 7.75", New York; April 13, 1881. Issued to Jay Gould for 100 shares. Endorsed by him on the verso.

    Jay Gould's (1836-1892) name remains a synonym for financial manipulation. He was involved in an attempt to corner the gold market, the failure of which caused a panic termed "Black Friday" in September of 1869. It is estimated that by 1880 he controlled 10% of the railroad track in the United States. He went on to gain control of the Western Union Telegraph Company. By the time of his death in 1892, he had a fortune estimated at $72 million.

    Condition: Punch and ink stamped cancellations. Light edgewear on left edge with minor toning.

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