Jeffersonville Railroad Company 1850's - Indiana

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Beautifully engraved certificate from the Jeffersonville Railroad Company issued in 1853 - 1854. This historic document has an ornate border around it. This item is hand signed by the Company's President , William G. Armstrong and is over 138 years old. William G. Armstrong (1797-1858), Whig member, Indiana House of Representatives (1822-1825, 1834-1837) and Indiana State Senate (1838-1841), and president of the Jeffersonville Railroad Company (1847-1858). The Jeffersonville Railroad was chartered in 1832, but delays led to subsequent re-charterings. The line from Jeffersonville to Columbus was not completed until 1852. Competition led to an intense rivalry with the Madison & Indianapolis. After years of competition, the two lines merged in 1866.