Second son of John Jacob Astor (1763-1848), William was taken into partnership by his father in 1815. Upon the elder Astor's death in 1848, William advanced to the rank of the wealthiest man in the nation. His inheritance totaled some $18,000,000, most of which he invested in New York real estate, eventually becoming known as the "landlord of New York."


Check Signed By William Astor And His Sister-in-law Helen Schermerhorn

WILLIAM B. ASTOR JR. (1830-1892) Joint heir to the Astor real estate empire. ADS. 1pp.7 3/ 8" x 2 3/4". New York. March 14 1871. A check A "Chemical National Bank of N.Y." check paid to "Mr. Wm. Astor five hundred Dollars ". It is endorsed on the verso "Wm Astor". Signed on recto by HELEN SCHERMERHORN sister of Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor, wife of William Astor. There are punch, stamp and pencil cancellations that do not affect Astorís signature Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1453
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $125.00