Absolom Madden West (1818-1894) Civil War Quartermaster was a Southern politician, soldier, and railroad president.

He won election to the State Senate of that state as a Whig in 1847. Although initially an opponent of secession, West became a brigadier general for the Confederacy when the American Civil War broke out. He raised a regiment, and later assumed various administrative offices for the state. After 1864, West also served as president of the Mississippi Central Railroad, which by that time had been mostly destroyed by the contending armies. After the war, the railroad was sold to the Illinois Central, and West was returned to the State Senate.

Soon thereafter, he was elected to the federal House of Representatives although he, along with the rest of the unreconstructed Mississippi delegation, was not permitted to be seated. In the years that followed, West established a branch of the National Labor Union, and served as a Democratic elector for President in the election of 1876. Re-elected to the State Senate, he soon became disenchanted with the Democrats, and joined the Greenback party. For that party, West was a candidate for Vice President on the ticket of Benjamin Butler in 1884. He died at Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1894.


Confederate General Absalom M. West

1878, , Mississippi. Stock certificate for 100 shares of the Mississippi Valley Company. Brown/Black. Nice engraved vignette of a steam engine emerging from a roundhouse. Signed as president by General ABSALOM M. WEST (1813 1894). Confederate Militia General serving as brigadier general of the Mississippi state troops in the summer of 1861, Politician, Railroad operator. Pen cancellation not affecting signature. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # SB-3133
Cancellation: Pen Cancelled
Condition: Extremely Fine
State: Mississippi
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $125.00