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First Bank of the United States

First Bank of the United States

After the Revolutionary War, the new American government had debt to be paid, but each of the former colonies (now states) had it's own currency. Alexander Hamilton conceived of the idea for a national bank and common currency. The First Bank's charter was drafted in 1791 and signed by George Washington. The Bank was originally housed in Carpenter's Hall until it's building was completed in 1795. The bank is the oldest bank building in America.

The bank is located on Third Street, between Chestnut and Walnut Streets

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