CHARLES HARKNESS. was a son of early Standard Oil investor Stephen Vanderburg Harkness. He studied and practiced law, before joining Standard Oil, where he was active in management and as a director, one of the few scions of the founding families to do so. C.W. Harkness also invested heavily in railroads and was a director in the Southern Pacific, the Chicago Milwaukee & St.Paul and the Baltimore & Ohio railroads. Charles William Harkness married Mary Warden, heiress to another Standard Oil fortune, but they had no children. He managed the family's money until his early death in 1916.


Baltimore And Ohio Issued To Charles Harkness

1901, Maryland & Ohio. B & O Stock certificate for 100 shares of the Baltimore and Ohio issued to and signed by “Chas. W. Harkness” on verso. Green borders and under printing. Top left engraving of a 4-4-0 locomotive moving down the tracks at full throttle. Stamp and punch cancelled, though not affecting the dark autograph in any way. Fine condition.
Catalog: # SB-2791
State: Maryland
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $245.00

Northwest Equipment Company Issued To And Signed On Verso By Charles W. Harkness

1891, Minnesota. Stock certificate for 100 shares. GreenBlack. Engraved vignette of a steam locomotive at train platform. Issued to and signed on verso by CHARLES HARKNESS.

The Northwest Equipment Company was organized in 1888. Many of the company founders and shareholders rank among the elite of the banking and business world including John D. Rockefeller and a number of other Standard Oil Company dignitaries. The company leased to the Northern Pacific a large number of steam locomotives and a wide variety of passenger and express cars, finally selling all of its equipment to the reorganized Northern Pacific Railway Company in 1897.

Light stamp and punch cancellations not affecting Harkness' signature on verso. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # NP-1029
Condition: Extremely Fine
State: Minnesota
Topic: Railroad
Price: $250.00