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   Stephen Girard : America's richest private banker  

Stephen Girard was a prosperous Philadelphia shipping merchant, whose caution and thoroughness was already legend. His involvement with the First Bank of the United States came more from the necessity to consolidate his now vast estate, in light of the threats the Napoleonic wars shed on his assets, which were then tied in ships and cargoes, many of them at stakes in Europe. In 1807, Girard sent his assistant Mahlon Hutchinson jr to Europe with the mission to

 

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