Alexander Hamilton's Opinion as to the Constitutionality of the Bank of the United States

Alexander Hamilton's Opinion as to the Constitutionality of the Bank of the United States

by Alexander Hamilton
     
 

Unfortunately, one of the best known aspects of Alexander Hamilton’s (1755-1804) life is the manner in which he died, being shot and killed in a famous duel with Aaron Burr in 1804. But Hamilton became one of the most instrumental Founding Fathers of the United States in that time, not only in helping draft and gain support for the U.S. Constitution but in also… See more details below

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Unfortunately, one of the best known aspects of Alexander Hamilton’s (1755-1804) life is the manner in which he died, being shot and killed in a famous duel with Aaron Burr in 1804. But Hamilton became one of the most instrumental Founding Fathers of the United States in that time, not only in helping draft and gain support for the U.S. Constitution but in also leading the Federalist party and building the institutions of the young federal government as Washington’s Secretary of Treasury.

One of the biggest battles was over the chartering of a national bank, a topic that seems trivial today given the size and scope of the federal government. At the founding, however, the Southern states and Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic Party were skeptical of the necessity of a national bank, while Hamilton’s Federalists insisted that it would help the nation pay off its debts and manage its finances. Eventually Hamilton won out, but the First U.S. Bank, located in Philadelphia, was nonetheless run by a private company, ensuring limits on government control.

Before the First U.S. Bank was chartered, Hamilton wrote a defense of the chartering of a national bank by asserting it was constitutional. This edition of Hamilton's Opinion as to the Constitutionality of the Bank of the United States includes pictures of Hamilton and the building that housed the First U.S. Bank in Philadelphia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013186378
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
08/09/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,195,741
File size:
0 MB

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