300 Dollar Steuben County Bank Check, 1844

Description
This 300 dollar check was made out to A. H. Nichols from the Steuben County Bank of Bath, New York, on January 13, 1844. The check is number 140 in the series, and reads “For Magee and Cook,” for the bank’s president, John Magee, and its cashier, Constant Cook. The Steuben County Bank was chartered for thirty years with a capital of 150,000 dollars on May 9, 1832. Magee was a congressional representative from 1827–1831, an appointment which spoke to his high standing in the community—necessary in a time when banks could go out of business in an instant and personal responsibility for a bank’s fortunes helped spur public confidence in the local bank.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
check
date made
1844-01-13
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5.9 cm x 12.4 cm; 2 5/16 in x 4 7/8 in
Place Made
United States: New York, Bath
ID Number
2010.0018.104
accession number
2010.0018
serial number
140
catalog number
2010.0018.104
subject
Coins, Currency and Medals
American Enterprise
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American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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