• Robber Baron Jay Gould Signs Stock Certificate of Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway; Beautifully Designed

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    JASON “JAY” GOULD (May 27, 1836 – December 2, 1893) was a leading American railroad developer and speculator. History has portrayed him as one of the ruthless robber barons of the Gilded Age, whose success at business made him one of the richest men of his era.  In 1859, Gould began speculative investing by buying stocks in small railways and engaged in stock manipulation.  Ultimately, Gould took control of the Erie Railroad and became its president.  In another situation, the Panic of 1873 left the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Co. in receivership and it was leased to Gould from 1880 to 1888.


    Offering a beautifully designed stock certificate, 7 ¾ x 11 ½, signed by Gould as President and H.B. Hensou, Secretary, for 100 shares of Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Co. stock to W.E. Connor.  Verso includes a stamp of “Jay Gould,” the appointing of C.E. Silkworth as attorney to transfer the said stock on April 12, 1880.


    Folds, toning, cancellation holes with one touching Gould’s last name.


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