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    Northfield National Bank - Site of One of the Most Storied Bank Robberies in History

    Northfield, MN - $1 Original Fr. 382a The First NB Ch. # 2073
    A well circulated Original Series ace from this scarce Northfield bank that is one of three such pieces in the census and the only non-serial number 1 example. Northfield is a historic town for Minnesotans, a place where citizens joined together on the afternoon of September 7th, 1876 to protect their town and bank. That day this bank was the target of a robbery attempt by the James-Younger Gang, who at times participated in robberies with Jesse James. The attempted robbery of the First National Bank of Northfield was quickly thwarted by local townspeople that showed up with guns, killing and wounding some of the gang members and capturing the Younger brothers. Frank and Jesse James eluded capture. Cole and Bob Younger spent years in the state prison in Stillwater. In an interview about the robbery, Cole and Bob stated this bank was targeted specifically because of Jesse Ames, the signer on this note. Ames' son Adelbert Ames served in the Union Army Civil War and later became Governor of Mississippi. His governorship was an appointment by Congress to oversee reconstruction in the state. He left office just months before the robbery and joined his father in Northfield. Ames' father-in-law also happened to be Union General Benjamin Butler, who was commander of occupied New Orleans. The James-Younger gang was mostly former Confederate soldiers and their robbery was purported to be retaliation against these two men who had interest in the bank. PMG Fine 12, with decent color and signatures and solid paper for the grade.
    From The Gilmore Sem Collection, Part I

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