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The Resource Robert Morris's folly : the architectural and financial failures of an American founder, Ryan K. Smith

Robert Morris's folly : the architectural and financial failures of an American founder, Ryan K. Smith

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Robert Morris's folly : the architectural and financial failures of an American founder
Title
Robert Morris's folly
Title remainder
the architectural and financial failures of an American founder
Statement of responsibility
Ryan K. Smith
Title variation
Robert Morriss folly
Title variation remainder
the architectural and financial failures of an American founder
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Language
eng
Summary
"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 fabulously extravagant Philadelphia townhouse 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 grandest and 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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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 fabulously extravagant Philadelphia townhouse 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 grandest and 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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Biography type
individual biography
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10351225
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DLC
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Smith, Ryan K
Dewey number
  • 973.3092/2
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Series statement
Lewis Walpole series
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  • Morris, Robert
  • Morris, Robert
  • Founding Fathers of the United States
  • Founding Fathers of the United States
Target audience
adult
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the architectural and financial failures of an American founder
Label
Robert Morris's folly : the architectural and financial failures of an American founder, Ryan K. Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-335) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
His capital -- His family -- His family -- His plans -- His house -- His architect -- His folly -- His entreaties -- His ruins -- His release
Control code
ocn862098358
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
346 pages
Isbn
9780300196047
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014003765
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)862098358
Label
Robert Morris's folly : the architectural and financial failures of an American founder, Ryan K. Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-335) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
His capital -- His family -- His family -- His plans -- His house -- His architect -- His folly -- His entreaties -- His ruins -- His release
Control code
ocn862098358
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
346 pages
Isbn
9780300196047
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014003765
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)862098358

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