Postbellum Protection and Commissioner Wells's Conversion to Free Trade

@inproceedings{Meardon2005PostbellumPA,
  title={Postbellum Protection and Commissioner Wells's Conversion to Free Trade},
  author={S. Meardon},
  year={2005}
}
A moment of consequence to the postbellum U.S. tariff debate was the 'conversion' of David Ames Wells, Commissioner of the Revenue from 1865- 1870, to free trade. When he began his work Wells was a disciple of the eminent American protectionist Henry C. Carey. By the age of forty, however, he had become America's answer to Britain's Sir Robert Peel: a public figure of tremendous influence, who, having changed his mind on the issue, became the standard-bearer for free trade in both the… Expand
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