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Senator Joseph McCarthy Signs Four Wheel Drive Auto Company Stock Certificate

An attractive stock certificate signed by Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957), then serving as a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, as "Joe McCarthy" in the center of the transfer section verso. Certificate number C6107 registered McCarthy's ownership of 100 shares of $10 par value Four Wheel Drive Auto Company capital stock on January 2, 1951. Cosigned by several bank officers, witnesses, and attorneys recto and verso. The transfer of the shares to a brokerage firm was completed by January 20, 1952. Bearing the usual stamps, perforation, and cancellation marks. With expected light folds and minor wrinkles, else near fine. 11.875" x 7.875."

This stock certificate was signed during the middle of Joseph McCarthy's career as a U.S. Senator (1947-1957), and during the peak of his political popularity (1950-1954). In 1954, McCarthy hosted the infamous hearings which bear his name, and "McCarthyism" became a byword for demagoguery and witch-hunting. McCarthy was the most well-known anti-Communist zealot in 1950s America.

The Four Wheel Drive Auto Company, established in McCarthy's home state of Wisconsin in 1909, manufactured high-powered vehicles including passenger cars, race cars, trucks, emergency response vehicles, and planes. The company boomed after supplying the U.S. military with transport vehicles during both World Wars.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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