Brown Bag Samuel Hooper, Merchant and Politician 22 May 2019.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Ann Daly, Brown University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//hooper.jpg

Samuel Hooper is best known as a politician and architect of Civil War era financial reforms like the greenback, but before arriving in Congress, Hooper made a fortune in the China trade. Using Hooper’s papers and published writings, this talk examines how Hooper’s work as a China trader shaped his understanding of the relationship between banking, trade, and democracy; and argues that his time as a merchant directly influenced his later work regulating of banking and currency markets.