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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 recoun ... More

Keywords: Robert Morris, George Washington, Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia, merchant, land speculator

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300196047
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300196047.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan K. Smith, author
Virginia Commonwealth University