PRESIDENT WILLIAM McKINLEY - STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED AND ENDORSED 02/19/1869 CO-SIGNED BY: W. W. CLARK, JOSEPH DEVILLE - HFSID 30064
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WILLIAM McKINLEY and ABNER McKINLEY
William McKinley and Abner McKinley sign a stock certificate.
Partly Printed Stock Certificate signed: "Wm McKinley Jr" as Secretary with ANS: "Wm McKinley Jr Secy" on verso, 1p, 11¾x7¼. Canton, Ohio, 1869 February 19. In full: "This is to Certify, That Joseph Deville is Proprietor of Five Shares of the Capital Stock of The Canton Building Association, No. 1, organized under Act of May 1st, 1852 and amended May 5th and 9th, 1868, and is entitled to all the privileges and subject to all the obligations set forth in the Constitution and By-Laws of said Association". Also signed: "W.W. Clark" as President. Two cancellation statements handwritten in unknown hand vertically across face of document. Twenty-five cent Internal Revenue stamp picturing George Washington affixed. Verso bears ANS: "Wm McKinley Jr. Secy." In full: "Canton O Nov 29 1870/the holder of this Certificate has received a loan of two shares". Also on verso, Deville has penned and signed a cancellation of three shares, also signed: "In presence of/A. McKinley Secy" as witnessed by lawyer ABNER McKINLEY, the 21-year old brother of the then 26-year-old future President. The Canton Building Association was a local private cooperative credit agency lending home mortgages. The authorized capital stock for Association No. 1 was $400,000, with each share valued at $200. In 1869, William McKinley was elected prosecuting attorney of Stark County, Ohio. He had moved to Canton in 1867 and began his law practice there. When William McKinley, Sr. died on November 24, 1892, then Ohio Governor McKinley dropped the "Jr." from his signature. Darkly penned with show through from both sides touching three letters of "McKinley" on verso and just nicking the top of the "J" of signature on face of document. Folds, vertical fold touches McKinley's signature on face side. Lightly creased. Overall, fine condition.
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