Statesmen

President George Washington (1789-1797)

President George Washington (1789-1797)

Our first President (1732-1799) was of one mind with Alexander Hamilton on the requirements for establishing a credit system that would use federal government powers to develop the U.S. economy through promoting scientific agriculture and manufactures. He was committed to creating unity in the nation through economic projects, and to […]

by June 9, 2017 Statesmen
Henry Clay

Henry Clay

It is to Henry Clay (1777-1852) that the concept of the American System is most commonly attributed. Clay came on the political scene in the election of 1810 as an advocate of American national interests against the depredations of the British Empire at the time. As Speaker of the House […]

by June 9, 2017 Statesmen
President John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

President John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) began his advocacy of the American System during his first term in Congress, as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, and continued it throughout a career as a diplomat, Secretary of State, President, and Congressman. His concept was to develop the nation through upgrading its infrastructure and […]

by June 9, 2017 Statesmen
President Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

President Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

During his first run for political office in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) described his platform thus: “My politics are short and sweet, like an old woman’s dance. I’m in favor of a national bank. I’m in favor of the internal improvement system and a high protective tariff. These are my […]

by June 9, 2017 Statesmen
President William McKinley (1797-1901)

President William McKinley (1797-1901)

William McKinley (1843-1901) was the last American President—until the recent comments by President Trump—to acclaim the American System, and he acted to put it into effect. For McKinley, the core of the system was the protective tariff, by which he expected the Federal government to ensure the health of industry, […]

by June 9, 2017 Statesmen
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945)

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945)

Of all the American statesmen who espoused and acted to implement the American System, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) clearly had the most opportunity to shape the nation. Entering the presidency at a time of extreme crisis, FDR had three full terms to be able to implement a wide array of […]

by June 8, 2017 Statesmen
President John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)

President John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)

President John F. Kennedy did not have much opportunity to implement his version of the American System, before he was felled by an assassin’s bullet. However, his moves in that direction, from the space program, to the investment tax credit, to mooting changes in the Federal Reserve and conceiving stunning […]

by June 7, 2017 Statesmen