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    John D. Rockefeller Standard Oil Trust Stock Signed. One partially printed page, 15.75" x 7.75", New York; April 5, 1882. Certificate No. A54 with original receipt attached, issuing 100 shares to oil tycoon, John Huntington. 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 November 10, 1899. On verso is equally attractive with a completed section entitled "For Value Received", which records the transfer of these shares back to Rockefeller after the death of Huntington, dated November 3, 1899. There are also two $1 stamps on the back.

    John Huntington came from humble beginnings in Cleveland, but became interested in the oil business in Pennsylvania. By the age of 30, he had become incredibly wealthy and was one of the leading oil refining producers in the Cleveland area. He later consolidated with Rockefeller to form Standard Oil Company. Apart from the oil business, Huntington was also a key contributor to Cleveland's growth and prosperity over the next coming years. Not only did he help build up the city, but he also created trust funds for the arts and played a role in the founding of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    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. Ink from verso has bled through to the front. Overall good.

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    October, 2018
    25th Thursday
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