||Sumner, KS - Sumner Company $2 July 5, 1858 Whitfield 383. PCGS Very Fine 25 Apparent. This is the fourth denomination from this fascinating series in the Newman Collection we have cataloged. As we discussed in prior auctions, Kansas, a "Free State," had townships that developed directly from the Abolitionist movement and Sumner, a rival to Atchison, was one of them. The town was named for stockholder George Sumner, brother of the Massachusetts senator Charles Sumner. The senator was savagely struck with a cane by Preston Brooks of South Carolina on the Senate floor, May 22, 1856. This occurred after business closed on the day he delivered his "Crime Against Kansas" speech attacking Stephen Douglas and South Carolina senator Andrew Butler. The incorporated town, reaching 2,000 inhabitants, lost a key election to become the county seat and this setback and a tornado in 1860 dashed its significance. These Sumner Company notes circulated, but were payable after sixty days as written. Lithographed on white on paper by T.R. Hiland, Boston with Agriculture seated at the upper left. End panels show "2" at left and perpendicular TWO at the right. Fully signed and issued. Some mottled foxing is a bit harshly noted as "Stained" by PCGS. Rare and interesting. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, Heritage Auctions Internet Sale (5/2017).
(Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.) Realized $282.00.