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WILLIAM AVERY ROCKEFELLER JR. - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 11/1988 CO-SIGNED BY: JABEZ ABEL BOSTWICK - HFSID 213

Manuscript DS: "Wm Rockefeller/President" [of the Standard Oil Co. of New York], "American Dock & Trust Co/JA Bostwick President", "Buchanan & Lyall" and "Simon Berg & Co." Last two with Wall Street addresses, 8½x14 lined sheet. New York City, no date.

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WILLIAM ROCKEFELLER, JABEZ BOSTWICK and OTHERS. Manuscript DS: "Wm Rockefeller/President" [of the Standard Oil Co. of New York], "American Dock & Trust Co/JA Bostwick President", "Buchanan & Lyall" and "Simon Berg & Co." Last two with Wall Street addresses, 8½x14 lined sheet. New York City, no date. Receipt stamped on verso: "Executive Chamber, Albany, N.Y., Nov 28 1883". To "His Excellency Hon Grover Cleveland, Governor of the State of New York". In full: "We, the undersigned, Citizens of New York, would respectfully request the appointment of 'John Vincent' as 'District Attorney' of our County, believing he would be a faithful and efficient public officer". Bostwick has written a "J" above the name of his company, likely starting to write his name before conforming to Rockefeller's signature style. GROVER CLEVELAND was Governor of New York from 1883-1885 before becoming 22nd and 24th President of the U.S. (1885-1889, 1893-1897). WILLIAM ROCKEFELLER (1841-1922) was the younger brother of John D. Rockefeller, and the two were a formidable team; John was a capable organizer while William was a salesman and promoter. A member of the original Standard Oil Trust (dissolved in the Ohio courts in 1890), William played a leading role in the Standard Oil mergers of the 1870s and the absorptions of Standard Oil of New Jersey. The brother team was a formidable combination; with John the capable organizer and William the salesman and promoter. William, who also invested in railroad and gas companies, was not philanthropic like his brother. Upon his death in 1922 at the age of 81, William's fortune was estimated between $150 million to $200 million, a large part of it being in Standard Oil securities, but he left no charitable bequests; his estate went to his four children. JABEZ ABEL BOSTWICK (1830-1892) became a self-made millionaire largely due to his entry into the oil business. A refiner, producer (with large interests in Franklin, Pennsylvania) and shipper of oil, he later joined the Standard Oil Trust, becoming its Treasurer. Bostwick also served as President of the New York and New England Railroad, was a large stockholder in the Hoosatonic Railway Company, owned a gas engine and power company in Harlem and purchased a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. At the time of his death in a fire at his summer home in 1892, his estate was estimated at $10 million. Slightly creased with folds. "Standard Oil Co. of New York" stamped to left of Rockefeller's signature. Docketed (unknown hand) on verso. Light ink transfer in blank areas. ¼-inch tear at top edge. Overall, fine condition.

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