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WILLIAM AVERY ROCKEFELLER JR. - STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED 08/31/1891 - HFSID 32173

Stock Certificate signed: "Wm Rockefeller" on verso, 1p, 11½x7¼, with 4¼x7¼ attachment at left edge. New York, 1891 August 31. Certificate No. 1773, certifying that Rockefeller owns 100 shares of stock in the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company.

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WILLIAM ROCKEFELLER. Stock Certificate signed: "Wm Rockefeller" on verso, 1p, 11½x7¼, with 4¼x7¼ attachment at left edge. New York, 1891 August 31. Certificate No. 1773, certifying that Rockefeller owns 100 shares of stock in the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company. Also signed by the Company's officers. On verso, Rockefeller has transferred his shares to Arnold Fox on May 14, 1895. Originally chartered in 1868 as the Union Pacific Railroad - Southern Branch, the company, commonly known as "the Katy", ran trains from Sedalia to Fort Scott, Kansas, won a rail-building race across Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma, to enter Texas and connecting other railroads leading to the Gulf of Mexico. In 1895 the Missouri, the year Rockefeller transferred his shares, the Katy reported passenger earnings of $1,200,000 and freight earnings of $3,000,000 and owned 133 locomotives and 163 cars. William Goodsell Rockefeller (1841-1922) was the younger brother of John D. Rockefeller. 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. 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. Lightly soiled. File holes at left edge of attachment. Cancellation holes touch company officers' signatures on front, but not Rockefeller's. Overall, fine condition.

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