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Kenwood by Ann Lucas, and The Currency of Reason by Lucia C. Stanton, (April 1994), E332.2 .A5 1994A

Identifier: id3984

Scope and Contents

First essay: General Watson, senior military aide to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, built Kenwood in 1939 as a weekend retreat. FDR stayed at Kenwood at least four times between 1941-45, including the weekend before D-Day (June 6, 1944). Second essay: Jefferson sought to bring uniform standards to the currency of the new country. During his visits to Europe, he collected coins from various countries and investigated ways to create coinage. The lack of a uniform currency hampered the economy although the bookkeepers in America did manage to establish a system that used pounds, shillings, and pence, regardless of the nationality of coins. Jefferson hoped to establish a more rational system based on decimals rather than relying upon the British standard for the American mint. His system was adopted by the nation in 1785, and Congress enacted a law in 1792 that formalized that arrangement.


  • E332.2 .A5 1994A


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From the Collection: English

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