ROCKEFELLER, JOHN D.
JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER (1839-1937). Rockefeller was the founder and one of the original partners of Standard Oil. At one time the world's richest man, Rockefeller began his career in Cleveland as a successful merchant prior to the Civil War. In 1863, he and his partners built a refinery which grew into a business that eventually absorbed many other Cleveland refineries and expanded into the Pennsylvania oil fields to become the world's largest refining concern. At this time, he expanded his operations by surrounding himself with talented people, streamlining his operations and using a variety of infamous business practices. In 1870, Rockefeller organized the Standard Oil Company of Ohio to improve his efficiency. Yet in 1882, to further streamline operations and to avoid state controls, Rockefeller created the Standard Oil Trust that significantly altered American business. Under this arrangement, a board of trustees took the stock of both the Standard Oil Company of Ohio and of all of its subsidiaries, and ran the combination through the board's executive committee. By this time, public criticism of Rockefeller and his methods was running at near-fever pitch and, in 1892, the Trust was dissolved by the Ohio Supreme Court. The Trust was divided into eighteen corporations before being placed into another holding company, Standard Oil of New Jersey. In 1911, the United States Supreme Court ordered this latter company dissolved, declaring that it was "a monopoly in restraint of trade" and illegal under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. By this time, Rockefeller had almost completely removed himself from business concerns concentrated solely on his philanthropic projects, including the University of Chicago, the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, the General Education Board and the Rockefeller Foundation. It is estimated that Rockefeller gave away $550 million during his lifetime.

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Issued To And Signed By John D. Rockefeller

 ROCKEFELLER, JOHN D.
1898. Stock certificate for one hundred shares. Green. Vignette of a Mythic figure between two inner-vignettes of locomotives and railroad workers. Stamp issued to and signed on verso by “John D. Rockefeller.” Punch and stamp cancelled.
Catalog: # SB-4672
State: Illinois
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $1750.00

Northwest Equipment Company Stock Issued To And Signed On Verso By John D. Rockefeller

 ROCKEFELLER, JOHN D.
JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER (1839-1937). 1888 Minnesota. Stock certificate for five hundred shares. BrownBlack. Issued to and signed on verso by Rockefeller. 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 punch cancellations not affecting signature.
Catalog: # NP-1031
Condition: Extremely Fine
State: Minnesota
Topic: Railroad
Price: $2500.00

Puget Sound And Alaska Steamship Company Issued To And Signed On verso By John D. Rockefeller

 ROCKEFELLER, JOHN D.
1890, New York. Stock certificate for seven hundred shares. Brown. Vignette of a steamship at center. The Puget Sound & Alaska Steamship Company operated from 1889 -1904 as a subsidiary of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The company ran a steamship line from Tacoma servicing Puget Sound and Alaska. Issued to and signed on verso by Rockefeller. One of only four in existence. Punch and stamp cancelled.
Catalog: # SB-4110
State: Alaska
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $5000.00