9781416570929

Robert Morris : Financier of the American Revolution

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  • ISBN13:

    9781416570929

  • ISBN10:

    1416570926

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/1/2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Summary

In this biography, the acclaimed author of Sons of Providence, 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 Washington's armies and the American Revolution. 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 Washington's two crucial victoriesValley Forge and the culminating battle at Yorktown that defeated Cornwallis and ended the war. 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. After public service, he gambled on land speculations that went bad, and landed in debtors prison, where George Washington, his loyal friend, visited him. 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.

Author Biography

Charles Rappleye is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor. He has written extensively on media, law enforcement, and organized crime. His previous book, Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution, won the George Washington Book Prize and the American Revolution Round Table Book Prize.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Revolutions
"A Character I Am Proud of"p. 7
Suing for Peace, Arming for Warp. 27
Independencep. 48
War and Politicsp. 73
Master of the Secret Networkp. 95
Congress in Exilep. 121
The Return of Silas Deanep. 149
Backlashp. 173
The Financier
Private Fortune, Public Penuryp. 201
The Office of Financep. 225
Yorktownp. 253
Executive Actionp. 278
Fighting for Fundsp. 307
A Desperate Gambitp. 331
Final Settlementsp. 358
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