Memminger, Christopher Gustavus

Memminger, Christopher Gustavus mĕm´ĭnjər [key], 1803–88, American politician, Confederate secretary of the treasury, b. Württemberg, Germany. He was brought to Charleston, S.C., as a child and became a successful lawyer. He took a prominent part in the South Carolina secession convention of 1860 and was chairman of the committee that drafted the provisional constitution of the Confederacy. Appointed (1861) Confederate secretary of the treasury, Memminger, although favoring hard currency, was forced by circumstances to direct an inflationary financial program. Blamed for the collapse of Confederate credit, he was compelled to resign in 1864. After the war he practiced law again in Charleston.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: U.S. History: Biographies

Browse By Subject

Play Poptropica Worlds

Download Poptropica and play for free!

Explore a limitless universe of uncharted islands
App store
Google Play