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First Bank of the United States

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Established in historic Philadelphia, this bank first opened for business on a cold day in December 1791. Fittingly, one of the key people was none other than Alexander Hamilton who is often cited as the Father of Wall Street, but is officially known as the first Secretary of the Treasury. While there are many who argue against a federal currency, this bank was the beginning of stabilizing the U.S. and turning it into a global power. (Submitted by Shirley Beauchemin Thurston)

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Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton was the-force behind creation of the First Bank of the US. The Bank paid off the Revolutionary War debt and guided the-new United States through unstable fiancial times. This impressive Federal style building was built in 1795. The interior was later remodeled by the Girard Bank to include a spectacular glass dome.