Old Stock Yard Collectible Stock and Bond Certificates. Issued to and hand signed by George H. Read more about Earle Jr. Below 1908 – York, Pennsylvania Also hand signed y company officers Attractive certificate with beautiful vignette. More information on George H. (July 6, 1856 February 19, 1928) was a Philadelphia lawyer and “financial diplomat” who was highly sought after to save ailing corporations from financial ruin. Earle was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Grandson of noted abolitionist and philanthropist, Thomas Earle, and only son to Philadelphia lawyer George H. Frances (“Fanny”) Van Leer Earle, he gained notoriety for his abilities as a “business doctor”having turned around many organizations from the brink of financial ruin after being appointed as receiver and reorganizer. A Harvard University graduate (1879), Earle became a member of the Philadelphia barfollowing in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps practicing his trade as a lawyer in the firm of Earle & White in Philadelphia. But Earle would soon forsake the practice of law save as a useful medicament to be employed in the cure of invalid companies, and as a study for the little indoor leisure that business leaves him. He would be appointed as president and director to nearly two dozen Philadelphia companies and corporations. Earle married Catharine H. French on 12 December 1881, two years after he graduated from Harvard. They would have ten children in all, to include George Howard Earle IIIformer Governor (19351939) of Pennsylvania. The Guarantee Trust and Safe Deposit Company got sick and sent for him. So did the Finance Company of Philadelphia. So did the Tradesmen’s Bank. So did the Market Street National… And to-day they are all flourishing… He was consulting physician when the Reading Railroad was sick. Then he figured in two sensational cases that gave him a national reputation. One was the smash of the Chestnut Street National Bank and the Chestnut Street Trust Company… The other sensational case was the Real Estate Trust Company… ” Along with his father, Earle was a member of the Committee of One Hundred (Philadelphia)”a non-partisan effort in aid of good government dedicated to ending bossism politics in Philadelphia in the late 1800s. This committee of reformers, consisting initially of Independent Republicans “seeking to reform the management of the Republican party, ” would eventually lose influence and effectiveness. According to When Bosses Ruled Philadelphia (McCafferty, 1993), among proposed reasons for their ineffectiveness was the resulting “division between reformers over the question of partisanship, ” “poor organization and their dislike of political activism, ” and the fact that it was “a self-constituted body that conducted political affairs in an autocratic manner, ” geographically isolated from the “bulk of the city’s population”Mr. Earle himself later remarked that it had been essentially aristocratic in temperament. Despite the committee’s failure to bring about a lasting, broad-scale influence in the city, Mr. Earle would continue to speak up for good government practices, and for the protection of political liberty for all Americans. On October 3, 1896, at a Republican meeting in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, Earle urged his “fellow citizens” to vote for McKinley over Bryan, stating… A false prophet has come among you… Who, in a country where all are in the highest classthat of the American citizenstries to divide us into many, and then set those classes against each other; who tries to set State against State, section against section, and so nullify the great work for which Abraham Lincoln gave his life; who tries to lead us into paths of dishonor and asks us to disgrace the country for which we would give our lives… It would not be the last time Earle would warn about the threat of populism. In a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Samuel Pennypacker on May 16, 1906, Earle wrote of his concern that then President Theodore Roosevelt might be yielding to the latest “craze” of “Bryanism”i. Yielding to populism instead of standing on principle with regard to public policyserving to discredit the Republican party… Some one has to speak in favor of the right when so speaking is unpopular. The more unpopular, the greater the necessity… The Republican party has done much for this country. It has often created and preserved prosperity by fighting crazes. For the first time in its history, it is yielding to one. If it would only say “we have made this prosperity, it is our child, and shall have our protection, ” and stand to its guns, it will beat Bryanism to death as it always has. I worked hard for Roosevelt’s re-election, had great admiration for him, and still have, but I very much fear him… It is surprising at this time to find how many “old things” are true when the greater part of the world is engaged in discrediting and despising them. After the Panic of 1907, Earle would speak out against a central bankdespite the “present evils, ” stating, I can suggest no remedy, but would prefer present evils to those resulting from the creation of too centralized a power; and the answer, to my mind, is obvious. The true remedy must be found, not in placing our dependence upon the discretion of any one, but of every one, that is, again, upon liberty, rather than upon power and restraint. Never before having sought political office for himself, Mr. Earle was eventually sought after and subsequently backed by U. Senator Boies Penrose to be the Republican candidate in the election for mayor of Philadelphia in 1911. In the Republican primary election held on 30 September 1911, Earle defeated William S. Vare by 23,000 votes; but Earle would lose the general election in November of that year by 4,000 votes to the Keystone-Democrat fusion candidate, Rudolph Blankenburgan independent Republican and also former member of Philadelphia’s Committee of One Hundred. One month after Mr. Earle’s unsuccessful run for mayor, he was asked to speak before the United States Senate Committee on Interstate Commerce where he gave the committee the benefit of his experience and suggestions as to what the country needs in the way of laws amendatory of the Sherman law… And as to what further legislation is desirable to regulate interstate commerce. Earle would subsequently be asked by the chairman of the Committee, Moses E. Clapp, to draft a tentative bill embodying [his] views as to additional legislation. Earle’s prepared draft was presented by Mr. Clapp to the Committee on the evening of 29 December 1911. In Earle’s draft, only eleven words (two phrases) were stricken from the original actnone of which are from the body (sections)for Mr. Earle thought the act to be “practically a perfect piece of legislation, ” and merely sought to “strengthen” the law. An article written in the February 3, 1912 issue of Telephony (Chicago) states: [Earle] told the committee, the Sherman anti-trust law is not only practically a perfect piece of legislation, but it is also in complete harmony with the attitude of all peoples and all governments in the past toward this question. In the few instances where any government has attempted to foster the trust and the monopoly the result invariably has been the promotion of socialism… He advised the committee by all means to re-enact the Sherman law, making only two changes with a view, not of altering its meaning, but of strengthening and perfecting its operation. In July 1918, Mr. Earlethen president of the Real Estate Trust Company in Philadelphiapresided over a convention held in St. Louis, Missouri by the United States Council of State Banking Associations. Some held that the purpose of the organization was to disrupt the movement to bring the “State banks and trust companies into the Federal Reserve system, ” but Earle issued a statement saying that State institutions meet local wants and needs just as national banks meet broader national situations, and that as there might be matters to discuss and adjust involving conflicting interests it would be better in such instances [for State banks] to have a council of their own to advise and negotiate on such matters. ” He thought it foolish that skeptics would guess at the principles and purposes of the convention, mentioning the availability of the organization’s resolutions, and ended his statement by saying, “Speaking for myself, I think an application of American principles of democracy is all that is necessary; free discussion and the fullest cooperation after it. On March 24, 1924, The Earle Theatrelocated at 11th and Market streets in Philadelphiaopened to the public. Earle, the theater would showcase the’World’s Biggest Stars’ to Philadelphia audiences until its final stage show on February 26, 1953. Died on 19 February 1928. According to a New York Times article, he died at his home in Rittenhouse Square [after having] been ill for nearly a year. He is buried at the Church of the Redeemer churchyard in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania alongside many of his descendants, including his son, former Pennsylvania Governor, George H. Also buried close by is his sister, Philadelphia poet Florence Earle Coates and her husband, Edward H. Coatesformer president of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1890 to 1906. Six years after Mr. Earle’s death, his oldest son, George H. Earle III, would run for Governor of Pennsylvania on the Democratic ticket. A New York Times article reported that the candidate’s mother, Mrs. Registered as a Republican that election year. Upon being asked why she did not register as a Democrat, she answered simply, I have always been a Republican. Her party affiliation did not keep her from appearing with her son at a Democratic rally just days before, however, where she would receive an ovation from the crowd. The article also reports that Democratic city chairman John B. Kelly”former bricklayer who had become a wealthy contractor” said it was only “through a misunderstanding” that Mrs. Earle registered Republicanalthough in light of her husband’s history with and dedication to the “Party of Lincoln, ” Mr. Kelly’s statement may have been made solely for political purposes. George Earle III went on to win the Governorship, and was the first Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania since Robert E. Pattison took office in 1891, stating later that he literally rode into office on the coat-tails of President Roosevelt, and [has] no hesitation in saying so. A grandson, Ralph Earle IIson to the former Governorwould be born just months after Earle, Jr. S death, and would become a U. Ambassador, and chief negotiator at the SALT II round of talks on nuclear disarmament. Old Stock Yard Policies and FAQs. Items are sent via U. Usually first class, but occasionally priority or parcel post. Policy, my listings are setup to accept. Are you your certificates authentic or copies? Everything I sell is original and authentic. I do not sell copies or reproductions. Is the certificate pictured the exact one I will receive? Occasionally, I do list certificates of the same type without rescanning. In this case, the certificate you receive will be virtually identical same color, size, vignette, etc. To the one pictured. What is the best way to store, protect, and display my certificate collection? The best thing, by far, that I have come across for storing certificates are profolios and sleeves made by Itoya. I have several sizes available. Do the certificates you sell have financial value? The item “George H. Earle, Jr autograph signature on 1908 York Railways stock certificate” is in sale since Sunday, April 15, 2012. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Stocks & Bonds, Scripophily\Transportation\Railroads”. The seller is “oldstockyard” and is located in Jacksonville, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.