Androscoggin & Kennebec Railroad
Samuel Benson Page, Account Book, 1849-1850.
Samuel Benson (1804-1876), in addition to being a lawyer and president of the board of Bowdin College, was also one of the corporate founders of the Reading and Winthrop Canal and Railroad Company. The company chartered and built the Androscoggin & Kennebec Railroad in 1846. The railroad, completed in 1850, became part of the Maine Central Railroad. This account book, which Benson kept while acting as treasurer of the company, shows the exchange of investments and the delivery of interest to local Maine residents who invested in the company. Benson’s neat columns show, for example, Simon Pease of Portland invested $3.00 in 1849 and received a $29.50 return on his investment. Many of the early pages of the account book have been covered in news clippings, mostly of poems and stories, completely covering Benson’s bookkeeping.
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