Scrapbook of a Wall Street Financier, 1898-1936. George Briggs Buchanan.
Scrapbook of a Wall Street Financier, 1898-1936
Scrapbook of a Wall Street Financier, 1898-1936
Scrapbook of a Wall Street Financier, 1898-1936
Scrapbook of a Wall Street Financier, 1898-1936
Scrapbook of a Wall Street Financier, 1898-1936
Scrapbook of a Wall Street Financier, 1898-1936
Scrapbook of a Wall Street Financier, 1898-1936
Scrapbook of a Wall Street Financier, 1898-1936
Scrapbook of a Wall Street Financier, 1898-1936
Scrapbook of a Wall Street Financier, 1898-1936
Scrapbook of a Wall Street Financier, 1898-1936

Scrapbook of a Wall Street Financier, 1898-1936

11" x 14' cloth scrapbook containing 44 leaves with clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia affixed to both sides, as well as some items laid in loose. Pages tanned, occasional chipping or tears, a few items missing, but overall very good. George Briggs Buchanan (1875-1939) was a self-made multi-millionaire, described in his New York Times obituary as "for more than forty years...one of the best known men in New York's financial district." Buchanan ran away from his home in Haverstraw, NY, at the age of 13 and got a job in New York City as a clerk for the Union Pacific Railroad. He worked other clerical jobs on Wall Street until he went into business as a trader at the age of 18. One of his first prominent clients was railroad executive E.H. Harriman. Buchanan became a member of the New York Stock Exchange in 1905 and continued making large amounts of money for himself and his clients. Among other things, he became a specialist in corn-related products and a Vice President of the Corn Products Refining Company (makers of Karo Syrup). This substantial scrapbook documents much of Buchanan's career and accomplishments. It includes some of his earliest business letterheads; printed drawings for a patent he received in 1904 for a telephone attachment; the original letter notifying him of his election to the New York Stock Exchange; hundreds of newspaper clippings and press releases reporting on three and half decades of his investments and strategies; photographs and both printed and original cartoons featuring him; business correspondence with other brokers and financiers; letters from his much-loved daughter from when she was a little girl and as a young adult; and a variety of ephemera and mementos such as greeting cards, programs, and menus. Collectively, an interesting window onto both the life and the self-perception of a highly successful businessman of humble origins.

Item #21829

Price: $375.00

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