Talk:Nicholas Biddle (banker)

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Ultimate self-sabotage[edit]

Should point out that Biddle took actions to prove that his bank was important to the US economy -- actions which in the eyes of the bank's opponents amply and fully proved all their accusations of sinister influences and arrogant autocracy. AnonMoos (talk) 22:11, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

Not all historians agree with that point of view, and Wikipedia upholds the neutral point of view in historical articles. [1]--DThomsen8 (talk) 18:10, 2 May 2009 (UTC)
Actually, we strive to maintain a neutral point of view in all articles. – ukexpat (talk) 21:24, 2 May 2009 (UTC)
Nevertheless, the accusations were important in the politics of the time -- Biddle pretty much unilaterally caused a financial crisis as for the purpose of demonstrating how important the Bank was, and in doing so he played right into Jackson's hands, politically... AnonMoos (talk) 16:13, 7 March 2012 (UTC)


  1. ^ Govan, Thomas Payne (1959). Nicholas Biddle, Nationalist and Public Banker, 1786-1844. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press. 

Missing information[edit]

The section on his early life starts out in the middle of a sentence. Can someone figure out where the rest of the section went, and fix it? --DThomsen8 (talk) 01:00, 2 May 2009 (UTC)

It was this edit by User: Now reverted and IP warned. – ukexpat (talk) 01:25, 2 May 2009 (UTC)

Could we get some citations on the "Legacy" section?[edit]

I have never heard of anyone dividing history up into pre- and post-Biddle eras. Google didn't turn up anything besides this article, so I'd like to see some citations or remove it if it is vandalism. (talk) 05:01, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

Agreed - I wondered if that could be a joke when I read it? (talk) 06:03, 11 December 2011 (UTC)
It seems that it was initially added back in 2009 as the third edit of Crchambers89, whose first and second edits were both vandalism. Several IPs have since reinserted the section in some form or other e.g., which refers to "Pre-pre-pre-Biddle". -- (talk) 21:04, 7 October 2012 (UTC)

Copying from The Money Masters[edit]

Some of the text in this page is identical to the script of The Money Masters (a movie on the history of money and banking). For example, "Biddle was arrested and charged with fraud; he was later acquitted. He died soon after while still involved in civil suits." Jra (talk) 21:33, 7 January 2012 (UTC)

Perhaps they both have the same source? (talk) 19:00, 25 January 2012 (UTC)

Looking at this transcript of the movie on, the corresponding quote to the above is "Biddle was later arrested and charged with fraud. He was tried and acquitted, but died shortly thereafter while still tied up in civil suits." -- (talk) 06:34, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

"three currency" what?[edit]

In § The Bank of the United States (emphasis added):

This rather sudden contraction of the country's monetary base after three currency and rampant speculation based on debt led to the financial "Panic of 1819".

This noun phrase no head; this sentence no sense.

--Thnidu (talk) 01:52, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Correction of President Madison's ordinal[edit]

Someone erroneously described President James Madison as the fifth President, when he was in fact the fourth. [signed] FLORIDA BRYAN — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:11, 1 June 2015 (UTC)