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    Indiana Southern Railway Company, $1,000 Bond dated February, 1866, just a few months after the end of the Civil War. This bond is signed by Samuel J. Tilden, a lawyer, statesman, and financier who opposed Lincoln's election and disapproved of the Civil War from the beginning, but at the declaration of war advised E. M. Stanton to call out the full military strength of the North and so crush the rebellion by a swift stroke. He ran as the Democratic candidate for President in 1876 and received about 250,000 more votes than the Republican candidate, Rutherford B. Hayes, and 184 uncontested electoral votes against 163 for Hayes, with returns from Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Florida (carrying 22 electoral votes altogether) missing and not counted. An electoral commission was created by Congress in 1877 to examine and report upon the contested returns in these states. The commission reported all the states in favor of Hayes, electing him President by one electoral vote. Tilden accepted the result to avoid a civil war, but always maintained that he was wrongfully deprived of the election. He signed the back of this bond as Trustee, and is also mentioned on the front of the bond as a Trustee. The graphics on this large bond are exceptional. Several rows of coupons remain. This is a particularly impressive piece for framing. A portrait and biographical information related to Tilden accompany this bond. Particularly choice condition. (It is interesting to note that a group of these bonds were found in a bank in England 13 years ago. They are now becoming quite scarce and have great appeal historically.)

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