Unusual Circuit Court Document Signed by the Great American Composer

Signed by Cole Porter

Item: 19784
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PORTER, COLE. (1891-1964). American composer and lyricist of such hits as Night and Day, Anything Goes, and I Love Paris. DS. (“Cole Porter”). 1p. Tall 4to. N.p., September 30, 1953. A typed petition to the Miami Circuit Court in Indiana relating to the reissue of corporate stock in the estate of his mother, KATE C. PORTER (1862-1952), which reads, in part:

“Cole Porter, the duly appointed, qualified, and acting executor and sole residuary beneficiary under the will of Kate C. Porter, deceased, respectfully shows the court:

That testatrix died the owner of        shares of the common stock of Standard Oil Company of New Jersey represented by its certificates Nos.

That all of the specific bequests of said will and all of the debts of testatrix’s estate have been fully paid and that he is the only person now interested therein; that he desires the reissue of the certificates representing said shares to himself in his individual capacity. 

Wherefore, he asks an order of the court authorizing the transfer agent of said corporation to issue to him as an individual certificates representing ownership of the shares above described…”

Cole Porter











Born into a wealthy family in Peru, Indiana, Porter’s early interest in music was supported and nurtured by his mother, Kate (née Cole) Porter. She arranged his music education, falsified his age to make him seem like a prodigy and paid to have his earliest compositions published. After leaving his hometown for boarding school in Massachusetts, Porter rarely returned to Peru.

A sophisticated and superb craftsman, Porter enjoyed a successful career in both theater and film. In 1928, his musical Paris debuted on Broadway, which included the hit song “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love.” The musical secured his place as one of America’s leading songwriters whose elegant fusion of “graceful melody and rhyming ingenuity with a mixture of sexual innuendoes, offbeat humor, colloquialisms, and topicality” won the esteem of admirers the world over, (DAB). He followed up his success with the shows Fifty Million Frenchmen, Anything Goes and many other Broadway hits. Among his most memorable songs are “Night and Day,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Tops,” and “In the Still of the Night.” In 1937, Porter fractured both of his legs in a riding accident, a severe blow to the active and proud composer. His long convalescence did not stop him from composing Most Gentlemen Don’t Like Love, From Now On and Get Out Of Town.

Signed in blue ink. With some creasing, toning and closed tears in the upper third of the page. In very good condition.

Unusual Circuit Court Document Signed by the Great American Composer

Signed by Cole Porter

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