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Hugh McCulloch

American politician

Died when: 86 years 168 days (1037 months)
Star Sign: Sagittarius

 

Hugh McCulloch

Hugh McCulloch (December 7, 1808 – May 24, 1895) was an American financier who played a central role in financing the American Civil War.

He served two non-consecutive terms as U.S.Treasury Secretary under three presidents.He was originally opposed to the creation of a system of national banks, but his reputation as head of the Bank of Indiana 1857 to 1863 persuaded the Treasury to bring him in to supervise the new system as Comptroller of the Currency 1863–65.

As Secretary of the Treasury 1865–69 he reduced and funded the gigantic Civil War debt of the union, and reestablish the federal taxation system across the former Confederacy.

He tried but failed to make a rapid return to the gold standard.


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