Fascinating legal agreement to raise $2,150,000 dollars in $100.00 dollar shares to purchase land for the Sante Fe Railroad through the State of Kansas which extends 115 miles. The agreement with the bank is made between Anda P.Balch and Newton Sherman Huntington of Hanover, New Hampshire. Both of these gentlemen have storied business & political histories from their days at Dartmouth. This agreement was consummated January 8th 1872. There is a notation in the upper right corner to Ralph ( Ralph Blasidell) a curiosity & a souvenir of his grandfather. Ralph Blasidell was a noted Railroad executive following the footsteps of his grandfather. I presently have Ralph Blasidell’s Railroad career scrapbook in my shop.
This agreement is sealed with an uncommon Tax Stamp Revenue and signed by all participants. 8 x 10 inches with natural folds.
NEWTON SHERMAN HUNTINGTON (A.M.) Class of 1885 - Born, Aug. 9, 1822, Lebanon, N.H. Son of Elias and Lucinda (Putnam) Huntington. Educated in the public schools of Hanover, N.H., and the academy at New London, N.H. Engaged in farming until 1855; in business, 1855-64. He early displayed an interest in banking and in 1864 upon the organization of the Dartmouth National Bank, was chosen cashier. The next year he became treasurer of the Dartmouth Savings Bank and later was chosen president of each, holding the offices until his death. During his early life he was Captain of The Granite Guards, a military company of Hanover. He represented Hanover in the state legislature, 1858, 1885, 1887, 1889, 1891, 1895, 1897, and was elected to the state senate, 1893. Died, Aug. 2, 1899, Hanover, N.H., of heart disease.
A.P. Balch owned in extensive amount of land in Hanover, New Hampshire and Dartmouth graduate. He made considerable fortune in early railroad investments. The Balch mansion in Dartmouth was once a cornerstone of Victorian architecture.