Financial Founding Fathers: The Men Who Made America Rich

Hardcover | May 1, 2006

byRobert E. Wright

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When you think of the founding fathers, you think of men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin—exceptional minds and matchless statesmen who led the colonies to a seemingly impossible victory over the British and established the constitutional and legal framework for our democratic government. But the American Revolution was about far more than freedom and liberty. It was about economics as well. 

Robert E. Wright and David J. Cowen here chronicle how a different group of founding fathers forged the wealth and institutions necessary to transform the American colonies from a diffuse alliance of contending business interests into one cohesive economic superpower. From Alexander Hamilton to Andrew Jackson, the authors focus on the lives of nine Americans in particular—some famous, some unknown, others misunderstood, but all among our nation’s financial founding fathers. Such men were instrumental in creating and nurturing a financial system that drove economic growth in the nascent United States because they were quick to realize that wealth was as crucial as the Constitution in securing the blessings of liberty and promoting the general welfare. The astonishing economic development made possible by our financial founding fathers was indispensable to the preservation of national unity and of support for a government that was then still a profoundly radical and delicate political experiment.  

Grand in scope and vision, Financial Founding Fathers is an entertaining and inspiring history of the men who made America rich and steered her toward greatness.

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When you think of the founding fathers, you think of men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin—exceptional minds and matchless statesmen who led the colonies to a seemingly impossible victory over the British and established the constitutional and legal framework for our democratic government. But the American...

Robert E. Wright is clinical associate professor of economics in the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He is the author of many works, including The First Wall Street: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, and the Birth of American Finance, also from the University of Chicago Press. David J. Cowen is a Wall Street ve...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 2006Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226910687

ISBN - 13:9780226910680

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Table of Contents

1. In the Beginning
2. The Creator: Alexander Hamilton (1757?-1804)
3. The Judas: Tench Coxe (1755-1824)
4. The Sinner: William Duer (1743-1799)
5. The Savior: Albert Gallatin (1761-1849)
6. Angels Risen and Fallen: Thomas Willing (1731-1821) and Robert Morris (1735-1806)
7. The Saint: Stephen Girard (1750-1831)
8. Apocalypse No: Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) and Nicholas Biddle (1786-1844)
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"Seeking a readership beyond academia, Wright and Cowen tell a story that is brisk yet richly detailed. . . . For nonspecialists and teachers like this reviewer who slight financial history, there are many fine anecdotes and some real surprises."