The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Carey, Mathew (1760–1839)

  • Henry W. Spiegel
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American publicist. Carey came to America as a poor immigrant from Ireland. He settled in Philadelphia, where in 1785 he founded a publishing, printing and bookselling business that eventually became the largest of its kind in the United States; a successor firm is still in the publishing business. Carey became a leading citizen of Philadelphia, got involved in politics, and participated in many local and regional controversies. When, after the end of the War of 1812, the Pennsylvania manufacturers were threatened by a flood of imports, Carey became a leader of the protectionist movement. A prolific writer, he supported its cause by a flood of publications that reached a wide public and helped to establish Hamilton’s ‘American System’.

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  • Henry W. Spiegel
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