Central States Electric Corporation


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Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the Central States Electric Corporation dating back to the 1930's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of two company officers, was printed by the American Bank Note Company and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h).


The certificate's intricate vignette features an allegorical male figure holding a caliper.


You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    The Central States Electric Corporation was incorporated in Virginia in 1912 as a holding company with power among other things to acquire and own stocks and other securities of electric power, electric light, gas, and other public utility companies.


    The company was based in Richmond and was founded by Harrison Williams. Williams abandoned an unsuccessful bicycle manufacturing business in Lorain in 1903. He went to New York City and took a job with a carpet sweeper company.

    In 1906 he created American Gas & Electric Co., and six years later created another holding company, Central States Electric Corp.

    During World War I he served as an assistant to Bernard Baruch, at the War Industries Board, in Washington D.C., through Baruch he was introduced to attorney John Foster Dulles, who represented Williams throughout his business career.


    The company filed for bankruptcy in 1942.