Ronald Spieker submitted this question about two Washington, D.C. area obsolete banknotes. Can anyone help? -Editor
I was wondering if our readers might be able to provide some insight on these two W. Harrison, Philad notes.
The wording of these two notes is for an association issue – “out of joint funds” etc. No early banks were chartered in Georgetown with
this name and I have not found any partnership agreements for any bank that used this title, though there is always the possibility that
this was an early title that was subsequently changed.
Of the four likely candidates for “real” Georgetown banks (1805-1820 range), only two show using Harrison for notes in Haxby.
1. Union Bank of Georgetown used Harrison and no association notes have been found. 1809 published partnership agreement used the Union
bank name, however, (Chartered 1811)
2. Central Bank of Georgetown also had Harrison notes. But published partnership agreement (July 1815 - chartered March 1817 used the
Central Bank name
3. Farmers and Mechanics Bank of Georgetown never appeared to use Harrison and the January 1814 partnership agreement (chartered March
1817) used the F&M name, in any case.
4. Bank of Columbia – no sign of Harrison notes but anyway, chartered too early for Harrison (Dec 1793)
So, assuming these are from altered plates, does anyone recognize this Harrison design from elsewhere? Or other ideas?
Interesting challenge. Can anyone help? -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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