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Lot #227
John D. Rockefeller and Henry M. Flagler

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John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937) entered the oil industry at the age of twenty-four and worked ruthlessly to unify it into the powerful Standard Oil Trust. Henry Flagler (1830–1913), a real estate and railroad entrepreneur, set out to make Florida the “Newport of the South” by providing extensive rail access and grand hotels to lure wealthy vacationers. Engraved DS, one page both sides, 16 x 7.5, May 28, 1884. A brown stock certificate, featuring a vignette of the U.S. Capitol, for one hundred shares of the Standard Oil Trust, issued to James A. Moffett [President of Standard Oil of Indiana], signed “J. D. Rockefeller” as President and “H. M. Flagler” as Treasurer; Moffett later signed on the reverse, transferring the shares to Rockefeller. The transfer stub remains affixed at left. In fine condition overall, with light machine-embossed cancellations to signatures, faint vertical folds (touching each signature) and mild soiling and handling wear. Auction LOA John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #331 - Ended March 12, 2008