Harriman signed Northern Pacific Railroad Company Stock Certificate. Size: 15 3/4in x 8in (with stub). Stock issued to E. And signed by Harriman for the company on back. Printed by National Banknote Co. Harriman was born on February 20, 1848 in Hempstead, New York, the son of Orlando Harriman, Sr. An Episcopal clergyman, and Cornelia Neilson. He had a brother, Orlando Harriman Jr. His great-grandfather, William Harriman, emigrated from England in 1795 and engaged successfully in trading and commercial pursuits. As a young boy, Harriman spent a summer working at the Greenwood Iron Furnace in the area owned by the Robert Parker Parrott family that would become Harriman State Park. He quit school at age 14 to take a job as an errand boy on Wall Street in New York City. His uncle Oliver Harriman had earlier established a career there. His rise from that humble station was meteoric. In 1879 he married Mary Williamson Averell, daughter of William J. Averell, a banker in Ogdensburg, NY. Harriman’s father-in-law was also president of the Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain Railroad Company, which aroused his interest in upstate New York transportation. In 1881, Harriman acquired the small, broken-down Lake Ontario Southern Railroad. This was the start of his career as a rebuilder of bankrupt railroads. Harriman was nearly fifty years old when in 1897 he became a director of the Union Pacific Railroad. By May 1898 he was chairman of the executive committee, and from that time until his death his word was law on the Union Pacific system. In 1903 he assumed the office of president of the company. From 1901 to 1909, Harriman was also the President of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The vision of a unified UP/SP railroad was planted with Harriman. The UP and SP were reunited on Sept. 11, 1996 when the Interstate Commerce Commission approved their merger. It was left entirely to his wife. The item “1882 E. H. Harriman signed Northern Pacific Railroad Company Stock Certificate” is in sale since Tuesday, July 23, 2013. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Stocks & Bonds, Scripophily\Transportation\Railroads”. The seller is “oldmoney4u” and is located in Palm Coast, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.