Beautiful RARE certificate from the Stockton Hotel and Improvement Co. of Cape May, N.J.
issued in 1872. This historic document has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a large hotel.. This item has the signatures of the Company’s President, Albert W. Markley and Secretary/Treasurer, General William J. Sewell (William Joyce Sewell) and is over 143 years old. This is the first time we have had this certificate for sale. The certificate was issued to the West Jersey Rail Road Co.
Old Hotel Photo from the Library of Congress
Opening of a New Hotel at Cape May - New York Times
Published: June 25, 1869 Wednesday
The Stockton Hotel was formally opened to the public to-day. The building was erected by a Company of which ALBERT W. MARKLEY, of the Camden and Amboy Railroad, is President, at a cost of $500,000. It has a front of 800 feet, a depth of 400 feet, and overlooks the sea upon three sides...
Opening of a New Hotel at Cape May.
CAPE MAY, N. J., Thursday, June 24. The Stockton Hotel was formally opened
to the public to-day. The building was erected by a Company of which ALBERT W. J. MARKLEY, of the Camden and Amboy Railroad, is President, at a cost of $500,000. It has a front of 800 feet, a depth of 400 feet, and overlooks the sea upon three sides. Its present capacity is from 800 to 1,000 ,guests.
PETER GARDNER late of the Hotel, Washington, is landlord. The opening
Was celebrated by a grand dinner given by Mr. MARKLEY to his friends. Among the gentlemen who were present were Wm. H. Gatzmer, General Wm. J. Sewell, John P. Stockton, United States Senator, (from whose father the house takes Its
name ;) Asa Fitch, Hon.W.B. Miller, Mayor of the city ; Chas. P. Stratton, George J. Richardson, Judge T. Jones, of York ; John Dorrance, Frank W. Potter, of the Newark Courier; J. F. Cake, and others. The occasion was one of much interest.
William Joyce Sewell
December 6, 1835 – December 27, 1901 (aged 66)
Medal of Honor recipient
Place of birth Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland
Place of death Camden, New Jersey
Place of burial Harleigh Cemetery Camden, New Jersey
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1861 – 1865
Rank Brigadier General
Unit 5th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
*Battle of Chancellorsville
*Battle of Gettysburg
Awards Medal of Honor
Other work Postbellum
U.S. Senator from New Jersey
William Joyce Sewell (December 6, 1835 – December 27, 1901) was born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland immigrating to the United States in 1851 where He worked in the merchant industry in Chicago, Illinois before moving to Camden, New Jersey in 1860. He became a Union Army officer during the American Civil War who received America's highest military decoration the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chancellorsville. He was also a postbellum U.S. Senator from New Jersey.
During the Civil War, he served with the 5th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, beginning as a Captain in 1861, and rising in rank to Colonel and commander of the unit. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1896, for having assumed command of a brigade at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 3, 1863.
He was the only officer to be awarded the Medal of Honor while in command of a New Jersey regiment. It was awarded to him on March 25, 1896. He was severely wounded at the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, while commanding his unit along Emmitsburg Road on the second day of the engagement. The wounds forced him from the field for a significant period of time. When he came back, he was given command as Colonel of the 38th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, but did not hold that command long, as his wounds eventually caused him to resign and end his Civil War field service. On March 13, 1865 he was awarded the brevet promotion to Brigadier General, United States Volunteers for "gallant and meritorious services at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va." and to Major General, United States Volunteers for "gallant and meritorious services during the war".
After the war, Sewell worked in the railroad industry in New Jersey before being elected to the state senate, serving from 1872 until 1881, and as the senate's president in 1876 from 1879 to 1880. Subsequently, he was elected to the United States Senate as a Republican and served from March 4, 1881, to March 3, 1887. During this period he chaired:
the Committee on Enrolled Bills (Forty-seventh Congress and Forty-eighth Congress),
the Committee on Military Affairs (Forty-ninth Congress), and
the Committee on the Library (Forty-ninth Congress).
He also served as one of the national commissioners for New Jersey to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, was in command of the Second Brigade of the National Guard of New Jersey, and was appointed a member of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Sewell was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1887, 1889 and 1893 but was again elected to the United States Senate in 1895 and served from March 4, 1895. During this term he chaired the Committee on Enrolled Bills (Fifty-fourth Congress through Fifty-seventh Congress).
He died on December 27, 1901, at age 66, in Camden, New Jersey. His Senate seat, vacant because of his death, was filled by Prudential Insurance founder John F. Dryden. Sewell was buried in Harleigh Cemetery, in Camden, New Jersey, in the Spring Grove Section, Lot 75. His grave is marked by a cross designed by sculptor Alexander Milne Calder.
In 2005 a government issue Medal of Honor marker was erected on his grave site. He is one of three Civil War Union Brevet Generals interred in Harleigh, the others being Colonel George C. Burling of the 6th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry and Colonel Timothy C. Moore of the 34th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry.
History from Wikipedia and OldCompany.com (old stock certificate research service).