Pine Creek RR Bond 1885
1885 Pine Creek Railroad $1000 bond certificate signed by W. Vanderbilt and C. Depew. Attractive scripophily document with vignettes of farmer and allegorical justice. Bond is signed by two important individuals in RR history. William K. Vanderbilt (1849-1920) was the grandson of the Commodore and a famous yachtsman (who owned and sailed the Defender in the 1895 Americas Cup race). He managed the Vanderbilt RR interests for many years. Chauncey Depew (1834-1928) was a railroad executive / director at dozens of RR companies. As a young man he was a well known orator, speaking on behalf of Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 election. In 1866, he was appointed Commodore Vanderbiltís attorney and from there gradually became one of the most important RR executives in the late nineteenth century. He also served as a U.S. senator from 1899 to 1911. This antique stock certificate is in VF+ condition, with punch hole cancels, which touch on both signatures.