Saint Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad Company (Signed by Missouri Governor Hancock Jackson)
Intricately engraved antique bond certificate from the Saint Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad Company dating back to the 1850's. This document, which is signed by the Governor of Missouri (Hancock Jackson) and the Secretary of State, measures approximately 11" (w) by 9 1/2" (h).
This certificate features a pair of vignettes - the Missouri State Seal at the top and a blacksmith, train and ship at the bottom.
St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad (StL&IM) was chartered by the state of Missouri on March 3, 1851. The StL&IM was envisioned to exploit iron ore deposits located around Ironton, Missouri.
On April 2, 1858 it opened to Pilot Knob (very near Ironton), then continued expanding southwestward.
On May 6, 1874 the StL&IM was reorganized as the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway (StLIM&S or "Iron Mountain Route") at which time it leased the Cairo, Arkansas & Texas and Little Rock & Fort Smith.
In 1880, all three came under Gould's control. As a group, these railroads acted as a bridge route, connecting the MP at St. Louis with the T&P at Texarkana, Arkansas/Texas.
Hancock Jackson's Signature
Jackson was born in Madison County, Kentucky on May 12, 1796. He was educated in the county schools and became a farmer. He moved to Missouri in 1821, and continued to farm. In 1829 he entered politics as a Democrat when he became sheriff of Randolph County, a position he held for two terms. He also served as a delegate to the 1845 Missouri Constitutional Convention,
During the Mexican–American War, he raised a company of volunteers and was elected commander with the rank of captain. As part of Sterling Price's 2nd Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, he served primarily in New Mexico, and fought in campaigns in Taos, including the Taos Revolt.
Jackson served in the Missouri State Senate from 1851 to 1855, and was Lieutenant Governor from 1857 to 1861. In February 1857 Governor Trusten Polk resigned to accept election to the United States Senate, and Jackson acted as Governor pending the selection of a new Governor in a special election. Robert Marcellus Stewart won the October contest to complete Polk's term, and Jackson resumed his duties as Lieutenant Governor.
In 1860 he ran unsuccessfully for Governor, losing to Claiborne Fox Jackson. Jackson was then appointed United States Marshal for the Western District of Missouri, a post he held until Republican nominee Abraham Lincoln won the presidency in 1860 and replaced federal appointees with members of his own party after being inaugurated in 1861.