Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railway Company (Signed by John Henry Devereux)
Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railway Company dating back to the 1880's. This document, which has been signed by the company President (John Henry Devereux), was printed by the American Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 11 1/4" (w) by 7" (h).
This piece features a pair of vignettes - a triple scene at the top which includes the Ohio State Seal and a pair of wharf scenes; and a train approaching a station at the bottom.
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Meanwhile, the Springfield, Mt. Vernon and Pittsburg Railroad had fallen into receivership. On January 1, 1861, the portion of the road between Delaware and Springfield was sold to the CC&C, and operated as its Delaware Branch.
On May 16, 1868, the CC&C was merged with the Bellefontaine Railway to form the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railway. At that time the railroad still hadn't reached Cincinnati, and it was up to the CCC&I to finish the job.
By 1872, the CCC&I made agreements to operate the Cincinnati and Springfield Railroad between Cincinnati and Dayton and the Cincinnati, Sandusky and Cleveland Railroad between Dayton and Springfield, finally providing a through route from Cleveland to Columbus to Cincinnati. In 1889, the CCC&I merged with lines in Indiana and Illinois to form the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad, known as the Big Four Route.
It eventually became a part of the New York Central Railroad.
John Henry Devereux
Devereux was originally employed as a construction engineer on the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati Railroad. After its completion he found similar employment on the Cleveland, Painesville and Ashtabula Railroad.
In 1852 he went south, and, until 1861, was engaged as civil engineer in the construction of railroads in Tennessee.
In the spring of 1864, Devereux's military railroad work was drawing to a close, so he resigned his position, moved to Ohio and took a management position with the Cleveland and Pittsburg Railroad. In 1866 Devereux was invited to become vice president of the Lake Shore Railroad Company, and soon after accepting that position he was elected to the presidency. When the consolidation of the Lake Shore Road with the connecting lines between Buffalo and Chicago was effected, under the name of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad Company, he was appointed general manager, and had executive control of this great line with all its connections and branches.
In June 1873, Devereux received overtures from the Atlantic and Great Western and the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis railroad companies. He accepted and held, at the same time, the position of president of both the companies.
Although never a politician, Devereux always manifested an active interest in public affairs. Twice he was tendered a nomination to Congress, but declined on both occasions.