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Jay Cooke Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

JAY COOKE
Born: August 10, 1821 in Sandusky, Ohio
Died: February 16, 1905 in Ogontz, Pennsylvania
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Financier Jay Cooke (1821-1905) marketed government bonds for financing the Civil War, raising over $2,000,000 in 1861, following the battle of Bull Run. He served as fiscal agent for the U.S. Treasury (1862-1864, 1865) and after the war, financed the construction of western railroads. Problems in building the Northern Pacific Railroad (the second transcontinental railroad) forced Cooke to close Jay Cooke & Co., sparking the financial crisis of 1873. He later recouped his fortune with silver mines in Utah in 1878 and 1879 and investments in real estate in the West.

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