The Moneychangers – Secrets of the Temple
The Battle of Silver and Gold
Douglas V. Gnazzo
Nelson Aldrich was financially well off when he left the wholesale grocery business. He then turned his attention to the political arena. Election to the United States Senate quickly followed. Within a few short years, Aldrich became a multi-millionaire of powerful influence. He was the father-in-law of John D. Rockefeller, and his grandson, Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, later became Vice President of the United States.
Plans for a central bank had been on the drawing board long before 1900. A complex task of such intricate detail required vast amounts of time and effort to construct; the work performed behind the scenes, out of the public view, waiting for the perfect moment to be unveiled. The sensitive demeanor of public opinion demanded that the subject be revealed in the most convincing and acceptable manner possible, avoiding all suspicion or doubt.