In the early 1800s, women were second-class citizens. ... Women were not encouraged to obtain a real education or pursue a professional career. After marriage, women did not have the right to own their own property, keep their own wages, or sign a contract. In addition, all women were denied the right to vote.
Borrowers received the loan in the bank's own notes, not gold or silver coins. Stores in the 19th century often supplied coins or bank notes to their customers when they needed small amounts of money. ... Banks in the 1800s had only one employee, a cashier. Usually he was also one of the bank's principal investors.