Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder

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In 1798 Robert Morris-"financier of the American Revolution," confidant of George Washington, former U.S. senator-plunged from the peaks of wealth and prestige into debtors' prison and public contempt. How could one of the richest men in the United States, one of only two founders who signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, suffer such a downfall? This book examines for the first time the extravagant Philadelphia town house Robert Morris built and its role in bringing about his ruin. Part biography, part architectural history, the book recounts Morris's wild successes as a merchant, his recklessness as a land speculator, and his unrestrained passion in building his palatial, doomed mansion, once hailed as the most expensive private building in the United States but later known as "Morris's Folly." Setting Morris's tale in the context of the nation's founding, this volume refocuses attention on an essential yet nearly forgotten American figure while also illuminating the origins of America's ongoing, ambivalent attitudes toward the superwealthy and their sensational excesses.

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Descrizione libro Yale University Press, United States, 2014. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. 236 x 157 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. In 1798 Robert Morris- financier of the American Revolution, confidant of George Washington, former U.S. senator-plunged from the peaks of wealth and prestige into debtors prison and public contempt. How could one of the richest men in the United States, one of only two founders who signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, suffer such a downfall? This book examines for the first time the extravagant Philadelphia town house Robert Morris built and its role in bringing about his ruin. Part biography, part architectural history, the book recounts Morris s wild successes as a merchant, his recklessness as a land speculator, and his unrestrained passion in building his palatial, doomed mansion, once hailed as the most expensive private building in the United States but later known as Morris s Folly. Setting Morris s tale in the context of the nation s founding, this volume refocuses attention on an essential yet nearly forgotten American figure while also illuminating the origins of America s ongoing, ambivalent attitudes toward the superwealthy and their sensational excesses. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780300196047

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Descrizione libro Yale University Press, United States, 2014. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. 236 x 157 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. In 1798 Robert Morris- financier of the American Revolution, confidant of George Washington, former U.S. senator-plunged from the peaks of wealth and prestige into debtors prison and public contempt. How could one of the richest men in the United States, one of only two founders who signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, suffer such a downfall? This book examines for the first time the extravagant Philadelphia town house Robert Morris built and its role in bringing about his ruin. Part biography, part architectural history, the book recounts Morris s wild successes as a merchant, his recklessness as a land speculator, and his unrestrained passion in building his palatial, doomed mansion, once hailed as the most expensive private building in the United States but later known as Morris s Folly. Setting Morris s tale in the context of the nation s founding, this volume refocuses attention on an essential yet nearly forgotten American figure while also illuminating the origins of America s ongoing, ambivalent attitudes toward the superwealthy and their sensational excesses. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780300196047

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Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 2014. Condizione libro: New. In 1798 Robert Morris - "financier of the American Revolution", confidante of George Washington, recent US Senator - plunged from the peaks of wealth and prestige into debtor's prison and public contempt. Setting Morris' tale in the context of the nation's founding, this title focuses on an essential yet nearly forgotten American figure. Series: The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-century Culture & History. Num Pages: 416 pages, 56 black-&-white illustrations. BIC Classification: 1KBB; 3JF; BGH; HBJK; HBLL. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 234 x 156 x 29. Weight in Grams: 662. . 2014. Hardcover. . . . . . Codice libro della libreria V9780300196047

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Descrizione libro Yale University Press. Hardback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder, Ryan K. Smith, In 1798 Robert Morris-"financier of the American Revolution," confidant of George Washington, former U.S. senator-plunged from the peaks of wealth and prestige into debtors' prison and public contempt. How could one of the richest men in the United States, one of only two founders who signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, suffer such a downfall? This book examines for the first time the extravagant Philadelphia town house Robert Morris built and its role in bringing about his ruin. Part biography, part architectural history, the book recounts Morris's wild successes as a merchant, his recklessness as a land speculator, and his unrestrained passion in building his palatial, doomed mansion, once hailed as the most expensive private building in the United States but later known as "Morris's Folly." Setting Morris's tale in the context of the nation's founding, this volume refocuses attention on an essential yet nearly forgotten American figure while also illuminating the origins of America's ongoing, ambivalent attitudes toward the superwealthy and their sensational excesses. Codice libro della libreria B9780300196047

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