ASTOR, JOHN JACOB (1763–1848). Patriarch of the fabled Astor family; first millionaire in the United States. Autograph Check Signed, “John Jacob Astor”. Oblong narrow octavo. [8” x 3” inches]. New York, December 30, 1816. Astor directs the: “Cashier of the Bank of Philadelphia Pay to the order of Mr. Benjamin Wilson Five hundred and fifty dollars. Dollars 550. John Jacob Astor”. Some very minor edge tears and chips, but generally very good condition. The sum of $550.00, in 1816 was a huge sum of money! An exceedingly difficult autograph to find on the market, and this one. in the form of a check, would make an outstanding addition to any collection centering on financial history.