Maverick National Bank

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The Maverick National Bank was a bank in East Boston, Massachusetts, established in 1854.[1] and failed on October 31, 1891.[2][3] The bank had extended large loans to its president, Asa P. Potter, who used the funds for speculative investments.[4][5]

Much litigation followed the bank's failure, including Beal v. National Exchange Bank of Dallas and City of Summerville v. Beal. Potter was indicted for violations of the banking law.[6]

Nehemiah Gibson was a president and later a director of the bank.[1][7]

In 1897, the remainder of the bank's assets, which included many worthless stocks and bonds of already defunct companies, were sold at auction by R.L. Day & Co., a Boston-based banking firm resulting in $429 of proceeds.[8]


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  3. ^ [3] Journal of Political Economy, 1899
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  5. ^ [Insider Lending: Banks, Personal Connections, and Economic Development in Industrial New England By Naomi R. Lamoreaux, National Bureau of Economic Research Published by Cambridge University Press, 1994. ISBN 0-521-46096-4]
  6. ^ [4] 155 US 438 (1894)
  7. ^ A History of East Boston, 1858
  8. ^ [MAVERICK BANK ASSETS SOLD.; Securities Aggregating $1,095,890 Auctioned in Boston Fetch $429]. New York Times, December 30, 1897