Second Bank of the United States

second-bank-united-statesThe Second Bank of the United States has controversy behind its history. Since I can’t say it better, we’ll let the National Park Service provide you the history of The Bank Wars:


“Chartered by Congress in 1816, the Second Bank played a pivotal role in the “bank wars,” which pitted President Andrew Jackson against powerful bank president Nicholas Biddle. President Jackson contended that the Second Bank was unconstitutional and dangerous to republican ideals.


“In 1832, Jackson’s political opponents decided to make the Bank an election issue by forcing an early renewal of the Bank’s 20 year charter, but the plan backfired when President Jackson vetoed the bill. By 1836, all of the Second Bank’s funds had been transferred to state banks.”
Unlike the First National Bank, the Second National Bank is open to the public.

Visiting Info

Phone: (215) 965-2305

Address: 420 Chestnut St

Hours: Check the website as hours vary depending on time of year

Cost: FREE