Beautiful certificate from the State of New York Comptroller's Office issued in 1853. This historic document was printed by John E. Gavit Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of two allegorical women, an american flag, an eagle, and a portrait of George Washington. This item has the signature of the Comptroller of the State of New York, , J. C. Wright and is over 156 years old.
Rufus H. King (January 20, 1820 - September 13, 1890) was a U.S. Representative from New York. Born in Rensselaerville, New York, King completed preparatory studies and was graduated from Wesleyan University, Lima, New York. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Catskill, New York. King was elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1856. He resumed the practice of law. He served as president of the Catskill National Bank 1865-1867. On the consolidation of that bank with the Tanners' National Bank continued on the board of directors. He served as presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1860. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1868 and 1880. He died in Catskill, New York, September 13, 1890. He was interred in Village Cemetery.