Banking and Currency


The Money Trust



The market prices of commodities vary from day to day and often several times a day.  This occurs when there is no radical difference in the proportion of the supply and the natural demand.  This fact is conclusive proof that our system is controlled by manipulators and fundamentally wrong.  I have sought to elucidate this problem within this volume and have suggested a plan which, if adopted, would make the people the master of the world, instead of the present master—THE MONEY TRUST.

By Charles A. Lindbergh, Author of the Money Trust Investigation.

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Charles August Lindbergh was born in Stockholm, Sweden on January 20, 1859, the eldest of the seven children of August and Louise Lindbergh.  Charles Lindbergh graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1883.  Following his graduation he practiced law in Little Falls, Minnesota until 1909 when he was elected to Congress from the sixth congressional district.  He held this seat through 1916.  Lindbergh was elected on the Republican ticket and soon became one of the leaders of the progressive Republicans in Congress.  His activities as a member of this group included the attempt to unseat Joseph Cannon as Speaker of the House; the investigation of the "money trust";  opposition to the reciprocal trade policies of the Taft administration;  and opposition to the Wilson adminstration’s attempts to aid the allies during the first years of World War I.  Lindbergh’s main concern, however, was the monetary policies of both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Lindbergh ran, and was defeated, in several subsequent elections:  1916 (United States Senate), 1918 (governor of Minnesota), 1920 (Congress), 1923 (special United States Senate election), and 1924 (governor of Minnesota) during which campaign he died.  In the 1910s and 1920s, Lindbergh began a number of political magazines and newspapers, all of which failed.  One paper of note was called the Lindbergh National Farmer.  Books and pamphlets written by Lindbergh, which were widely distributed, include Why Is Your Country at War ?, The Econonic Pinch, and Who and What Caused the Panic ?  His anti-war writings and speeches during World War I caused him to be branded as a traitor and affected the outcome of the 1918 gubernatorial election.  At the time, Lindbergh was prevented from speaking in many parts of the state and was opposed by many powerful public opinion forming agencies in the state.

Following his congressional career, Lindbergh maintained law offices in Little Falls and Minneapolis, Minnesota but much of his time was devoted to politics, to writing, and to real estate ventures in Florida and Minnesota.  Lindbergh represented a number of individuals living in the eastern United States who owned real estate in Minnesota.  He made real estate invenstments of his own in Florida.

In 1887 Charles A. Lindbergh married Mary LaFond, daughter of Moses LaFond, a prominent man in Little Falls.  Together they had two daughters, Lillian and Eva.  Mary LaFond Lindbergh died in 1898.  In 1901 Charles married Evangeline Lodge Land, daughter of C.H. Land of Detroit, Michigan.  Charles Augustus Lindbergh was their only child.  Charles August Lindbergh died in Crookston, Minnesota on May 24, 1924; Evangeline Lodge Land Lindbergh died in 1954.