Washington Club of the District of Columbia signed by Henry D. Cooke - Autographed Stock CertificateInv# AG2535 Stock
Stock for 5 Shares, #5, Washington, DC, 1871, 25 cents Revenue stamp, Issued to and signed at back by Henry D. Cooke.
Henry David Cooke (November 23, 1825 – February 24, 1881) was an American financier, journalist, railroad executive, and politician. He was the younger brother of Philadelphia financier Jay Cooke. A member of the Republican political machine in post-Civil War Washington, D.C., Cooke was appointed first territorial governor of the District of Columbia by Ulysses S. Grant. Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_D._Cooke
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.