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The golden voyage; the life and times of…

The golden voyage; the life and times of William Bingham, 1752-1804 (1969)

by Robert C. Alberts

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He was a young man in his early twenties, stocky, well dressed, wearing clothes of a Philadelphia cut.
"It is really fortunate for human nature, that there is a country, where the oppressed of all nations may find a secure asylum."
"I know of no subject," Bingham wrote at the close of an analysis that was at once brilliant and prophetic, "that is so little understood or has been less profoundly examined by the legislative characters of America, than that of Finance - and yet there is no one that so deeply involves the essential interests of the country."
An underworld of criminals from Marseilles, Genoa, Sicily, and Greece was drifting to Paris to domminate the street mobs.
In 1798, these men looked on Revolutionary France and Napoleon with much the same revulsion and anger that men of good will in the fourth anf fifth decades of the twentieth century looked on Germany and Hitler, or Soviet Russia and Stalin, and for many of the same reasons.
We are irresistibly pleased with them, because they possess the happy Art of making us pleased with ourselves; their education is of a higher Cast, and by great cultivation they procure a happy variety of Genius, which frms their Conversation, to please either the Fop, or the Philosopher.
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Biography of Philadelphia merchant and financier William Bingham. Reportedly the wealthiest American of his era, and the most opulent and cosmopolitan host, his advise to Alexander Hamilton on formulating an ideal economic system is an exact match to the Hamiltonian financial plan which formed the foundation for the prosperous U.S. economy. He was a director of the 1st Bank of the United States, officer of various civic-improvement works, and a U.S. Senator. He contributed to arrangements for funding the Louisiana Purchase. Administration of his massive estate endured for 160 years.
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