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    John D. Rockefeller Standard Oil Trust Stock Certificate Signed "J.D. Rockefeller". One partially printed page, 16" x 7.75", New York; December 22, 1884. Certificate No. A465 with original receipt attached, issuing 100 shares to Samuel Comfort. Boldly signed by John D. Rockefeller as president, countersigned by Henry M. Flagler as secretary. Engraved in black and brown ink, the intricate borders and corner decorations of this handsome issue are offset by a large vignette of the Washington Capitol building at upper center. The stock certificate was cancelled on December 23, 1884. The verso is equally attractive with a completed section entitled "For Value Received", which records the transfer of these shares to B.F. Vaughan.

    John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) was an American industrialist who organized Standard Oil Trust in 1863. Ten years later, he monopolized 85% of the industry and became the world's first billionaire. The company was renamed the Standard Oil Company in 1870, but it was dissolved by court decree in 1892 due to monopoly charges and anti-trust legislation.

    Samuel Comfort (1837-1923) was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the first year of the Civil War, he was selected to serve in the "Anderson Troop", which provided security protection for Major General Buell. Following the Battle of Shiloh, Comfort came down with typhoid fever and had to be honorably discharged. However, after the Confederate Army invaded Pennsylvania in June 1863, Comfort was once again compelled to enlist, and he formed his own cavalry company of Philadelphia and Bucks County recruits. This company would go on to form part of the 20th Pennsylvania Regiment, which served in battles such as New Market and Appomattox Court House. At Appomattox Comfort was promoted to the rank of Major and was mustered out in July 1865. After the war he entered into partnership with his brothers-in-law in and oil business that was eventually merged with the Standard Oil Company. Comfort acted as a European representative for the Standard Oil Company and spent the majority of the remainder of his life abroad.

    Condition: Flattened folds, light toning at edges, with small holes along the left margin of receipt from when it was removed from binding. Small cancellation stamp at the upper margin. All of the signatures have been cut through with a stamp. Overall good.


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