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    John D. Rockefeller Standard Oil Trust Stock Signed. One partially printed page, 16" x 7.75", New York; January 23, 1885. Certificate No. A472 with original receipt attached, issuing 100 shares to Rockefeller's wife Laura C. Rockefeller. 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 February 15, 1898. On verso is equally attractive with a completed section entitled "For Value Received", which records the transfer of these shares to Frederick J. Lovatt.

    John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) was an American industrialist who organized Standard Oil Trust in 1863, gained a monopoly in the oil business. 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. Laura C. Spelman met Rockefeller in their mutual accounting class, and the couple got married in 1864. Mrs. Rockefeller was highly involved in philanthropy, and helped support the black female liberal arts college, the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary. The school was later re-named the Spelman Seminary in honor of Laura and her family.

    Condition: Flattened folds, light toning at edges, with small amounts of paper loss along left margin of receipt occurring 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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