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"I Killed the Second Bank of the United States!" -Andrew Jackson

          President Andrew Jackson

        Terms: March 4, 1829 – March 4, 1837

          Nickname: Old Hickory

President Andrew Jackson railed against the Second National bank from the outset of his presidency until he dissolved it. "I Killed the Second Bank of the United States!" Andrew Jackson

        "You are a den of vipers."

How Andrew Jackson Killed the Second Bank of the United States

"Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country.

When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin!

Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! ---- You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out." ----

From the original minutes of the Philadelphia bankers [delegation] sent to meet with President Jackson February 1834. Andrew Jackson and the Bank of the United States (1928) by Stan V. Henkels

How Andrew Jackson Killed the Second Bank of the United States

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul