Creator

Date Original

1839

Description

This stock certificate was issued to Reubin Smith for shares in the Real Estate Bank of the State of Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Real Estate Bank of Arkansas was created during the first session of the Arkansas General Assemblyin 1836 for the purpose of aiding farmers in obtaining cash. Money for the operation of the bank was to come from the sale of state bonds; mortgages on the real estate of the stockholders and creditors would protect the state from loss. Arkansas's state government had virtually no control over operation of the bank, even though the credit of the state served as security for the bonds. At the time of its origin, the bank was hailed as a valuable institution for the people of the state, but was surrounded by controversy soon after it began operations. Problems of mismanagement and economic depression added to the bank'stroubles. The bank failed, in effect, within four years of active operation. In 1855, the bank's trustee swere divested of their assets. The assets were then transferred to a state-appointed receiver. Legal actions continued for several decades.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.017.007a

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Real Estate Bank stock certificate, SMC.017.007a

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Real Estate Bank stock certificate, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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