Harrison Branch Railroad Co. Issued to Rufus King - 1875 dated Railway Stock CertificateInv# AG2030B Stock
Stock issued to Rufus King. Rufus King was a lawyer from Cincinnati, Ohio, who served as Dean of the Cincinnati Law School and president of the University of Cincinnati in the late nineteenth century. He also served as president of a convention that met to write a new constitution for the state of Ohio, and authored a history of the state of Ohio. Rufus King was born May 30, 1817, at Chillicothe, Ohio. His parents were Edward King and Sarah Ann (née Worthington) King. His grandfathers were U.S. Senator and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Rufus King and U.S. Senator and Ohio Governor Thomas Worthington.
He entered Kenyon College, and transferred to Harvard University, where he graduated. He studied law under Joseph Story at Harvard Law School, and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, in March, 1841, where he was admitted to the bar. In 1851, Woodward High School and Hughes High School were consolidated, and King was elected president of the board of managers to the joint school in 1853, a position he held the rest of his life. He was also a member of the board of education of Cincinnati, (for primary schools), from 1851 to 1866, and was president of the board for eleven years. Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufus_King_(lawyer)
A stock certificate is issued by businesses, usually companies. A stock is part of the permanent finance of a business. Normally, they are never repaid, and the investor can recover his/her money only by selling to another investor. Most stocks, or also called shares, earn dividends, at the business's discretion, depending on how well it has traded. A stockholder or shareholder is a part-owner of the business that issued the stock certificates.