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Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution

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In this biography, the acclaimed author of andlt;Iandgt;Sons of Providenceandlt;/Iandgt;, winner of the 2007 George Wash- ington Book Prize, recovers an immensely important part of the founding drama of the country in the story of Robert Morris, the man who financed Washingtonand#8217;s armies and the American Revolution. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Morris started life in the colonies as an apprentice in a counting house. By the time of the Revolution he was a rich man, a commercial and social leader in Philadelphia. He organized a clandestine trading network to arm the American rebels, joined the Second Continental Congress, and financed George Washingtonand#8217;s two crucial victoriesand#8212;Valley Forge and the culminating battle at Yorktown that defeated Cornwallis and ended the war. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The leader of a faction that included Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and Washington, Morris ran the executive branches of the revolutionary government for years. He was a man of prodigious energy and adroit management skills and was the most successful businessman on the continent. He laid the foundation for public credit and free capital markets that helped make America a global economic leader. But he incurred powerful enemies who considered his wealth and influence a danger to public "virtue" in a democratic society. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;After public service, he gambled on land speculations that went bad, and landed in debtors prison, where George Washington, his loyal friend, visited him. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This once wealthy and powerful man ended his life in modest circumstances, but Rappleye restores his place as a patriot and an immensely important founding father.

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The acclaimed author of Sons of Providence, winner of the 2007 George Washington Book Prize, recovers an immensely important part of the founding drama of the country in the story of Robert Morris, the man who financed Washington’s armies and the American Revolution.

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andlt;bandgt;Charles Rappleyeandlt;/bandgt; is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor. He has written extensively on media, law enforcement, and organized crime. He lives in Los Angeles.

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ISBN:
9781416570929
Author:
Rappleye, Charles
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
Financier of the Ame
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pp. bw insert
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in

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Biography » Historical
Biography » Political
History and Social Science » US History » 18th Century
History and Social Science » US History » Early American Biographies
History and Social Science » US History » General
History and Social Science » US History » Revolution and Constitution Era
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present

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"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed author of Sons of Providence, winner of the 2007 George Washington Book Prize, recovers an immensely important part of the founding drama of the country in the story of Robert Morris, the man who financed Washington’s armies and the American Revolution.
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