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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