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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 28, July 11, 1999, Article 6

DAVID RITTENHOUSE, FIRST MINT DIRECTOR  

   From "David Rittenhouse", by Brooke Hindle, 
   Princeton University Press, 1964, p331-332:  

   "President Washington appointed David Rittenhouse 
   director of the mint of the United States on April 14, 
   1792, less than two weeks after the act establishing it 
   became law. ... The choice of Rittenhouse as director 
   seemed peculiarly appropriate to men who differed on 
   other subjects.  Regarded in all quarters as the leading 
   Newtonian philosopher in America, he was popularly 
   most honored as a practical scientist - a 
   mechanic-scientist.  What could be a more fitting 
   capstone to his career or a more fortunate result for the 
   nation than that Rittenhouse, like Newton, should become 
   "Master of the Mint"." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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