Signed check


This is an authentic signed check from North Carolina Senator Furnifold McLendel Simmons (1854- 1940). Senator Simmons, a native of Polksville, N.C. was a Democratic Senator for the state from 1901 to 1931. He was a key figure in the Titanic wreck investigation.

On April 17, 1912 the American Senate ordered an investigation of the Titanic tragedy. The Senate Committee on Commerce appointed a subcommittee to examine the feasibility of international agreements to protect ocean traffic. Since many Americans were on board, this was a push for maritime reform, of particular interest was lifeboats and life saving equipment.

As a result of this inquiry several new safety laws and international regulations were put into place, many of which are still used today.



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