300 Dollar Steuben County Bank Check, 1844

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.
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overall: 5.9 cm x 12.4 cm; 2 5/16 in x 4 7/8 in
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United States: New York, Bath
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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