Robert Morris: A Key American Founder And His Folly Luncheon With Dr. Ryan K. Smith

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Robert Morris was perhaps the most important merchant in Revolutionary America. He was one of only two men to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U. S. Constitution. His work as Superintendent of Finance during the Revolution enabled a successful outcome of the war and paved the way for Alexander Hamilton’s policies as Secretary of the Treasury. Yet at the end of his life, Morris spent over three years in Philadelphia’s debtor’s prison, and the obituary published upon his death consisted of one meager sentence. How did Morris suffer such a fall? This American Founders luncheon will refocus attention on this overlooked figure and suggest the relevance of Morris’s fall for today’s political landscape.

Join us on June 9, 2015, at Pittsburgh’s Rivers Club to hear Dr. Ryan K. Smith discuss and illuminate this fascinating early American leader. To register and for more information, please visit http://www.visionandvaluesevents.com/2015/05/robert-morris-a-key-american-founder-and-his-folly/.

Ryan K. Smith is an associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder.
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By: Yale University Press

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