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Second Bank of the United States

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. Second Bank of the United States Marker
Inscription. “The portico of the glorious edifice . . . always repays me for coming to Philadelphia” —Philip Hone, 1838

Here stands the Second Bank of the United States. Established in 1816 to hold government deposits and regulate currency, it dominated American finance for more than a decade.

The temple-like bank had both priest and heretics. Bank President Nicholas Biddle preached the value of the bank, while U.S. President Andrew Jackson decried it as a “hydra of corruption.” The “temple” was looted of its treasure when Jackson vetoed the recharter of the bank, distributing government deposits to smaller banks.

Now, long after the passions of finance and philosophy have subsided, we recognize the architecture—not the institution—as the real treasure of the Bank. Designed by William Strickland, it has been called the finest example of Greek Revival architecture in the United States.
 
Erected by Independence National Historical Park.
 
Location. 39° 56.895′ N, 75° 8.894′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Independence Mall. Touch for map. Marker is near the southeast corner of
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By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
2. Second Bank of the United States
the bank. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quaker Meeting House Site ( within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Morris (1734 - 1806) ( within shouting distance of this marker); A Street Scene in the Capital City ( within shouting distance of this marker); Old Custom House ( within shouting distance of this marker); Philosophical Hall ( within shouting distance of this marker); Quaker School Site ( within shouting distance of this marker); Secretary of the Navy’s Office Site ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Philadelphia Bank Building ( about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
More about this marker. Photos of President Andrew Jackson and Bank President Nicholas Biddle.
 
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By John K. Robinson, October 19, 2005
3. Second Bank of the United States
This is the home of Nicholas Biddle, Andalusia, seen from the river side.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,160 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on May 8, 2010, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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