New Goldfield Simerone Mining Company 1915

New Goldfield Simerone Mining Company 1915

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New Goldfield Simerone Mining Company 1915
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Beautifully engraved certificate from the New Goldfield Simerone Mining Company issued in 1915. This historic document has an ornate border around it with a vignette of mine. This item is hand signed by the Company’s President and Secretary and is over 87 years old. The certificate was issued to Senator Lee Mantle.
Certificate Vignette Lee Mantel, one-time mayor of Butte, was born in Birmingham, England, December 13, 1851. In 1864, his family emigrated to America and settled in Salt Lake City. Mantle worked on neighboring farms, and aided in the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1872, Mantle was given charge of the Western Union office at Pleasant Valley, Idaho. After five years, he moved to Butte where he opened an office for Wells Fargo Express Company. He was also Butte’s first insurance agent. Mantle became involved in municipal affairs and was one of Butte’s first aldermen. He founded and published the Daily Inter-Mountain, which became a power in Republican politics. In 1882 Mantle was elected to the lower house of the Montana Territorial Legislature. He served two terms and was also the Speaker. Mantle served as a delegate to the Republican Convention in Chicago in 1884. In 1890 he was chairman of the Republican State Convention in Butte and by 1892 as mayor of Butte, Mantle had become a permanent member of the Republican State Convention at Great Falls. He ran for the Senate in 1890 but lost by two votes in the Legislature to Thomas Power. In 1895 Wilbur Sanders (a Montana Senator) left the Senate and Governor Richards appointed Mantle to fill the vacancy, but the U.S. Senate denied the Governor the right to appoint when the Legislature failed to elect someone. Mantle therefore waited until the Legislature convened. He was elected unanimously to go to Washington where he served from 1895 to 1899. In the Senate, Mantle was active in promoting the development of Montana, especially in mining, ranching, and real estate interests. In 1896, Mantle organized and chaired the Silver Republican Party of Montana, while in 1897 he was named President of the Mineral Land Association. In this capacity, he defeated take-over efforts be the great Northern Pacific Railroad and managed to maintain vast mineral areas for the state. Lee Mantle died in Los Angeles, California on November 18, 1934.


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