Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Founding ChoicesAmerican Economic Policy in the 1790s$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Douglas A. Irwin and Richard Sylla

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226384740

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226384764.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 24 September 2021

Financial Foundations

Financial Foundations

Public Credit, the National Bank, and Securities Markets

(p.59) 2 Financial Foundations
Founding Choices

Richard Sylla

University of Chicago Press

This chapter provides an overview of how a second key ingredient of economic success, that is, a modern articulated financial system, quickly emerged in the Washington administration. According to historians, Alexander Hamilton was the founder most responsible for the financial revolution of 1790. This chapter states that Hamilton, who became a student of financial history while an officer on General Washington's staff during the War of Independence, realized that financial modernization was needed both for effective government and economic growth. With the cooperation of Congress, Hamilton implemented the federal revenue system the Constitution authorized, restructured the national debt and placed it on a sound financial footing, argued for, and obtained, a national banking corporation, and defined the new U.S. dollar and provided for its coinage by calling for a federal mint. Hence effective government and modernized finances, two key ingredients of economic success, were realized very quickly in 1790.

Keywords:   economic success, articulated financial system, Washington administration, Alexander Hamilton, economic success, modernized finances

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.