Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Mike Schmidt takes a picture of himself on the Phillies Mural on Aug. 1, 2015, at the Walnut Street Bridge. The mural was painted by David McShane with help from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. ( BEN MIKESELL / Staff Photographer )
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Second Bank of the United States

The Experience

This place packs a large punch in a relatively small space. Most important, it played a pivotal role in American history (see History, below).


It’s also a genuine architectural treasure -modeled on the Parthenon and the standard-bearer for many subsequent American bank buildings. Finally, it’s the repository for an extraordinary collection of portraits of the men so vital to 18th-century America’s development. Included in that list: Declaration of Independence signers Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Mifflin, and Robert Morris; and paintings of Lafayette, Patrick Henry, and Casimir Pulaski.

History

The Second Bank earned its place in history in 1832, when President Andrew Jackson vetoed a bill seeking to re-charter the Bank because he viewed it as an unconstitutional monopoly. Running for reelection, Jackson made his anti-bank stance a critical issue of his campaign and handily defeated opponent Henry Clay.

HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Second Bank of the United States
420 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305
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