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William McKinley 2x Signed Canton Building Association Certificate

A document 2x signed by William McKinley (1843-1901), future 25th U.S. President then in his capacity as Secretary of the Canton Building Association, as "Wm McKinley Jr" at lower left recto, and as "Wm McKinley Jr / Secy" verso. "The Canton Building Association, No. 1" certificate, No. 37, signed at Canton, Ohio on February 19, 1869, certified that Godfrey Bergmyer had purchased five $200 shares of the company's capital stock. Countersigned by company president W.W. Clark. Embossed with a "Canton Building Association No. 1 / Incor. Jan. 16, 1869" seal at lower left, and with a revenue stamp affixed at left. Docketed and endorsed verso. Expected folds and a few wrinkled or darkened edges. Light overall toning and isolated ink bleed-through, else near fine. 11.75" x 7.25." Accompanied by a handsome engraving of McKinley after H.B. Halls Sons, featuring McKinley's facsimile signature at bottom.

William McKinley served as secretary of the Canton Building Association, a cooperative mortgage lending credit agency incorporated in January 1869. After passing the Ohio bar examination in 1867, McKinley practiced in partnership with another lawyer in Canton, the seat of Stark County, Ohio. In 1869, McKinley became prosecuting attorney of Stark County after a surprise election upset.

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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