Dr. Tiemann’s Historical Research
These are unusual times that we are living in and, with many of the foundation so our monetary systems being challenged, Dr. Tiemann set out to think more deeply about money and banking. He has been researching the historical antecedents to our federal monetary system, as originally conceived by Alexander Hamilton and established with the Compromise of 1790, and as more fully illuminated through a series of historical events occurring during and after the enormous economic expansion associated with Gold Rush California. Dr. Tiemann has found that researching Gold Rush history has provided a fertile, ab ovo context for thinking systematically about banking in general. Additionally, his study of original documents from the Gold Rush era have yielded deep insights and fresh vignettes into the colorful lives of important historical personalities, such as William A. Leidesdorff, Joseph Hawley, James King of William and William Tecumseh Sherman. He has enjoyed gleaning more intimate details of the financial activities of these colorful characters and placing them into context within the uniquely Californian banking idiosyncrasies of that era. Inspired by this original blend of banking, Gold Rush and early California history, Dr. Tiemann is now concurrently working on bringing important historical banking lessons into view through the lives of these notable figures for general readers. Below are some of his published working papers, talks and Teaching Notes he has developed.