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August A. Busch, Sr.

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Busch signs a lease on behalf of the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association

August Anheuser Busch, Sr., 1865-1934.  American brewing magnate.  Typed Document Signed, Aug. A Busch, three pages, 8 x 13, [St. Louis, Missouri], April 16, 1900.

This is a nice example of Busch's autograph, which is scarce.  It is a lease by which the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association rented property in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Mary O. Lovingston.  Busch has signed in black fountain pen as the Vice President of the company.  The lease is attested by Eugene H. Muhlemann, who was the Secretary-Treasurer.  Beneath Busch's signature is the impression of the corporate seal of Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association showing that it was incorporated in 1875. 

Busch was the son of Adolphus Busch, who co-founded the brewery with his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser.  He served as President of the company from 1913 to 1934.  Under his leadership, the company survived World War I, Prohibition, and the Great Depression by diversifying into other products until Prohibition ended in 1933.

The lease is typed, with handwritten insertions and additions in another hand.  It has three horizontal folds, which do not affect the signature, and file holes at the top and right margins, well away from the text and signature.  There is a bit of soiling on the first page.  Overall it is in fine condition.


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