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Old October 26th, 2016, 10:08 AM   #1
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Cool Which founding father said?

I'm attempting to remember which founding father, Jefferson or Hamilton, that described that men of Industry should make their fortunes and then come to work in the government and then to return to being a businessman. Does anybody know which founding father said that?, and where can I find the exact quote in writing or speeches?

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Old October 26th, 2016, 03:42 PM   #2

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Sounds more like Hamilton than Jefferson. Hamilton was a poor boy, but very bright and industrious. Both he and Burr graduated from Columbia Univ. after only a couple of years study. Both became aides to General Washington, though Burr left for a more active role. Hamilton remained with Washington throughout the War, and was privileged to one of the final assaults at Yorktown. Hamilton became our first Secretary of the Treasury, and among other significant policies, was a great believer in the Federal Government support for manufacturing and industrial development.

Most of the other Founders were landed gentry and many of them looked down on business as a profession. This quote would not likely have come from Jefferson, or most other Founders.

So, look to quotations from Hamilton. He didn't write his memoroirs, but was a major author of the Federalist Papers. Start there with Hamilton's essays.
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Old October 28th, 2016, 03:46 PM   #3
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Dear Sir,

Thank you for helping me get started as to the origin of that statement. I love mostly military history, but I'm becoming more interested and curious about early American History.

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