Bank check made payable to John Overton and dated Nashville, July 7, 1818. JOHN OVERTON.

An Early Nashvillian and Founder of Memphis

Bank check made payable to John Overton and dated Nashville, July 7, 1818.

Publisher: Nashville: Bank of the State of Tennessee, 1818.
Condition: In very good condition.
Book ID: 28658

Description

7 x 18 cm, printed bank check, with the date, name of the payee and signature of the payor, and amount to be paid filed in in the holograph of a J. W. Overton, almost certainly a relative of John Overton's or possibly John Overton himself (the handwriting is similar), though he was not known to have had a middle name or initial. In another had, possibly that of a bank clerk, is the endoresment "83 Shelf / July 7th, 1818, Check / $30.00."

Comments

John Overton (1766-1833) was one of the most prominent and wealthy Nashvillians of his generation and a founder of Memphis. His home in Nashville, Traveller's Rest built in 1799, has withstood the ravages of time and generations of Overtons to survive as a museum today. Overton had close ties to virtually everyone important in Tennesee politics in the early 19th century, most notably Andrew Jackson; and he had close ties, as well, to the slave trade in middle Tennessee, from which part of his wealth derived.

Price: $300.00

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