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Politicians in Boarding Houses

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I’m slowly making my way through Nancy Isenberg, Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr. On page 215, she writes: When Albert Gallatin arrived in Washington in early January 1801, he immediately perceived just how unhealthy and claustrophobic the city was. Nearly all the elected officials inhabited the same eight boarding-houses near the Capitol. Wow! This gives a perspective on just how wealthy we are relative to those who lived two centuries ago. And remember that the politicians who lived in boarding houses were not typically among the poorest Americans.

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Politicians in Boarding Houses

I’m slowly making my way through Nancy Isenberg, Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr.

On page 215, she writes:

When Albert Gallatin arrived in Washington in early January 1801, he immediately perceived just how unhealthy and claustrophobic the city was. Nearly all the elected officials inhabited the same eight boarding-houses near the Capitol.

Wow! This gives a perspective on just how wealthy we are relative to those who lived two centuries ago. And remember that the politicians who lived in boarding houses were not typically among the poorest Americans.

David Henderson
David Henderson is a British economist. He was the Head of the Economics and Statistics Department at the OECD in 1984–1992. Before that he worked as an academic economist in Britain, first at Oxford (Fellow of Lincoln College) and later at University College London (Professor of Economics, 1975–1983); as a British civil servant (first as an Economic Advisor in HM Treasury, and later as Chief Economist in the Ministry of Aviation); and as a staff member of the World Bank (1969–1975). In 1985 he gave the BBC Reith Lectures, which were published in the book Innocence and Design: The Influence of Economic Ideas on Policy (Blackwell, 1986).

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