History Lecture Series: “The bank is trying to kill me, but I will kill it!”: Nicholas Biddle’s War with Andrew Jackson – Dr. Matthew Warshauer


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During this kick-off program, Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, will discuss the battle between President Andrew Jackson and financier Nicholas Biddle over the fate of the Second Bank of the United States. The Bank War of 1832 rocked the American political system and the economy. Was the Bank of the United States the many-headed hydra that Jackson warned about, or was he just plain crazy?

Dr. Warshauer received his B.A. in history from Central Connecticut State University in 1990. He completed his M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in American Studies at Saint Louis University. He joined the faculty at CCSU in the fall of 1997 and served as editor of Connecticut History from 2003 to 2011. In 2007 Dr. Warshauer won the Connecticut State University Trustees Research Award and in 2012 he was awarded the Kidger Award for Inspiring Scholarship and Teaching by the New England History Teachers Association. In 2015 he received a Connecticut Preservation Trust Award for saving and relocating an important Civil War monument (the Forlorn Soldier) to the State Capitol and in that same year was recognized by both the governor and the General Assembly for his efforts on behalf of Connecticut in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the state’s role in the Civil War. Dr. Warshauer’s book publications include: Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law; Andrew Jackson in Context; Connecticut in the American Civil War; and Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essays on One State’s Struggles.

This program is sponsored by Mary Gail and Jerry Gristina. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth. This program is being hosted by Wilton Library. No charge to attend, but a $10 donation to the hosting institution is suggested. Click here to donate.