Initially chartered in 1791 to combat the debt the United States had incurred from the war with Great Britain, the First Bank ... More
First Bank of the United States
Initially chartered in 1791 to combat the debt the United States had incurred from the war with Great Britain, the First Bank of the United States created uniform currency for the 13 original states. This brainchild of then-Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton was erected in the neo-classical style to echo the democracy of Ancient Greece. However, Congress abandoned the use of a national bank in 1811; legislators of the time felt it made the federal government too centralized by not giving enough power to the states. The space is now a portrait gallery featuring the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. There are many fine portraits here, particularly by Charles Wilson Peale. Other exhibits chronicle early currency and the bank's importance in American history are on display. The bank is also one of the first historic sites to use the bald eagle as a national symbol.
The Atwater Kent Museum is committed to preserving the history of Philadelphia. Objects of every nature are displayed to convey
the noteworthy history of Philadelphia since it's founding about 300 years ago, including some exhibits from the 1876 Centennial. ...
A key military figure in American victories over the British in the Revolutionary War, Thaddeus Kosciuszko was a Polish born
adopted son of Philadelphia. As a colonel and military engineer in the Continental Army, his greatest triumph over enemy ...
The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel commands a towering presence in the heart of America's original capital. Surrounded by rich revolutionary
history and culture, this Philadelphia hotel's downtown location exceeds the expectations of both business and leisure travelers. Business guests ...