Henry Villard signed Oregon and Transcontinental Co. - 1881 dated Autograph Railroad Stock CertificateInv# AG1109
Gorgeous Share stock issued boldly signed by Henry Villard. Important!
Henry Villard (1835-1900), Journalist, Railway Promoter, Financier. Immigrated from Germany in 1853. As a correspondent, reported the Lincoln-Douglas debates and made the acquaintance of Abraham Lincoln. After Lincoln's election he became correspondent at Springfield, Ill. for the New York Herald. Later, his involvement in Western railroads led to his plan to supply a line that would be the Pacific Coast outlet for any Northern Transcontinental road which might be built. Clashing with the Northern Pacific, whose objective was an outlet on Puget Sound, Villard with his supporters bought a controlling interest in the Northern Pacific. He was made president, 1881, and completed its line in 1883. His control of transportation in the Northwest did not last long, as a huge deficit forced him to resign in 1884. Meanwhile, however, he acquired a controlling interest in the New York Evening Post and provided financial support to Thomas Edison and helped found the Edison General Electric Co. Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Villard
The Oregon and Transcontinental Company
was a 19th-century holding company
in the United States, organized by Henry Villard
in 1881 to control the Northern Pacific Railroad
and Oregon Railway and Navigation Company
. It was incorporated in Oregon
. New Jersey
passed legislation in 1889 to facilitate the control of other companies by another corporation with a goal of encouraging trusts
to convert into holding companies and relocate to that state. Oregon and Transcontinental in 1890 re-incorporated as a holding company in New Jersey and became the North American Company
so that it could take advantage of these expanded corporate powers and invest in a wider range of businesses. Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_and_Transcontinental_Company
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.
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