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Standard Oil Trust - John D. Rockefeller.
The Standard Oil Company was founded by John D. Rockefeller and partners in 1863, with the mission to consoladate the oil and gas industries. At the time, most oil companies where small local indenpend firms. They quickly gained market share by buying up or undercutting competitors. By 1880, they controlled almost the entire refining capacity of the country. In 1992 the company reorganized as the Standard Oil Trust. In 1892, the company was broken up by the goverment after the passage of the Sherman Antitrust act. That spinoffs of Standard Oil continue to be represented in many of the larger oil companies of today including Exxon, Mobil, Sohio, Esso, Arco and Chevron.
Stock. Issued in 1883. #576. Signed twice by John D. Rockefeller. Once as President on the front and again on the attached stub. The stock was issued to George Thomas Dowling.
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