RARE "American Artist" Samuel Blodget Clipped Signature Dated 1795 For Sale

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RARE "American Artist" Samuel Blodget Clipped Signature Dated 1795:
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Up for sale aRARE! "American Artist" Samuel Blodget Clipped Signature Dated 1795
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Born in Goffstown, New HampshireIn many ways Samuel Blodget symbolized the new, protean American: at different times he was a merchant, economist, entrepreneur, and amateur architect. Blodget served in the New Hampshire militia during the American Revolution and then became a merchant in Boston. In 1789 he relocated to Philadelphia and founded the Insurance Company of North America. Later, moving to the nation’s new capital in Washington, he successfully lobbied for the position of superintendent of buildings, despite George Washington’s reservations. He also founded the city’s first bank. Blodget’s only successful architectural design was the Bank of the United States (1795) in Philadelphia, which still stands. He wrote Economica: A Statistical Manual for the United States, considered the first American book on economics. In 1802 he was placed in debtor’s prison, and died insolvent in a Baltimore hospital. John Trumbull painted Blodget, posed in an elegant morning gown, when both men were in London.


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