Beautifully engraved certificate from the Bankers and Merchants Telegraph Company
issued in 1884. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical man using a telegraph above the Earth, with an angel flying underneath him,and cherubs holding tourches under telegraqph poles. This item has been hand signed by the Company’s President, Anthony Weston Dimock and Treasurer, and is over 127 years old.
Anthony Weston Dimock (August 27, 1842 – September 13, 1918) was
born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. He married Helen Weston of Elizabeth, New
Jersey, in 1865. She died in 1901. His second marriage was to Leila B. Allen, also from
Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1909. A.W. Dimock was a successful businessman, an author
of books of fiction for boys and a writer of non-fiction articles about outdoor life and
nature subjects such as Tarpon fishing in Florida, wintering in upper Quebec, and the life
of a lumberjack.
He was graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., in 1839, and
in 1872 received the A. M. degree from Columbian University, now the
George Washington University. He came to New York and began his
business career, being accepted as a member of the Stock Exchange before
he was 21 years old. He dominated the gold market of the country at the
age of 23, and at 30 he controlled the Bankers and Merchants Telegraph
Company, and was president of the Atlantic Mail and other steamship
lines. He was first a member of the firm of Maquand & Dimock, bankers
and brokers, and later A.W. Dimock & Co.
At the height of his career he left New York City to seek adventure among
the Indians and ranchers of the West. When he returned East a few years
later he took a prominent part in the development of Elizabeth, N. J.,
building miles of streets and several hundred dwellings.
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