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American Age of Formative Expansion 1789-1830 To begin with the 1st US President & extend through the Whiskey Rebellion, Quasi War with France, War of 1812, & southeastern Indian wars,

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George Washington, the Whiskey Baron of Mount Vernon

Recent article from the NY Times: George Washington, the Whiskey Baron of Mount Vernon by Michael Beschloss. Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/up...one-share&_r=0

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And although he was happy to gain the additional income if the venture worked out, Washington, who had always taken great pains to make sure he was presented to the public as a leader worth emulating, may have feared having it widely known that he had become a whiskey baron. Feeling (or feigning) mixed emotions, the general was soon writing to a friend that Anderson had “run me into a very considerable expence (contrary I may say to my intention, or wishes)” to build a large new distillery, which was completed by the spring of 1798, and is considered, at a minimum, to be one of America’s largest of the time.

As it turned out, Washington’s whiskey business was a smashing success — he and Anderson couldn’t produce the spirit fast enough. In October 1799, he wrote another nephew, “Two hundred gallons of Whiskey will be ready this day for your call, and the sooner it is taken the better, as the demand for this article (in these parts) is brisk.” According to Mount Vernon scholars, that year he produced nearly 11,000 gallons, which achieved a profit of about $7,500 (about $142,000 today).
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Recent article from the NY Times: George Washington, the Whiskey Baron of Mount Vernon by Michael Beschloss. Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/up...one-share&_r=0

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George Washington also started the Fur Factory System in America https://www.mpm.edu/wirp/ICW-143.html
It was a copy of the British design of Fur Factories located on Hudson's Bay like Moose Factory (Not a factory that produces moose) but so named after the Chief Factor or Boss of the place.
The system relied on the Indians bringing their furs to the forts and it started to fail when the French and latter Northwest Company went to the Indian with their forts.
John Jacob Astor a member of the infamous Beaver Club in Montreal fashioned his American Fur Trading Company after the Northwest Company model which was more successful than the Fur Factory System.

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