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Establishing a Revenue System

Rep. Fisher Ames of Massachusetts by Gilbert Stuart
(Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)

Ames, one of the most eloquent members of the First Federal Congress, labored to adjust the revenue system to the interests of New England and to prevent any discrimination between British and French vessels. By 1790 he had replaced Madison as the Federalist leader in the House.

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