Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father of the United States of America, a chief of staff aide of General then President Washington, and the country’s first Secretary of the Treasury. He led in the establishment of the national bank and the Federalist Party. He founded the United States Coast Guard and The New York Post newspaper. His own writing was crucial and influential to many of the developments of the country.
Alexander Hamilton was born in Charlestown, Nevis, British West Indies in 1755 or 1757. He was orphaned as a child, read as much as he could, took jobs, and was sponsored by wealthy businessmen to further his education. He was sent in 1772 to further his education in the United States. In 1773, he attended King’s College, now Columbia University, in New York City. He went on to practice law.
In 1775, he joined the American Revolutionary War. He was in a militia company. In 1776, he became captain of a provincial artillery company. He then became the senior aide to General Washington. After the war, he represented New York in Congress. He wrote the majority of the Federalist Papers which supports and interprets the Constitution.
He was the leading cabinet member under President George Washington. He left his work in government and returned to New York in 1795. He went back to practicing law. He stayed involved in politics however and helped Thomas Jefferson defeat Aaron Burr to become the third United States President. When Aaron Burr later ran for governor of New York, Hamilton helped defeat him again leading Burr and Hamilton to have a duel. In 1804, Hamilton was mortally wounded by Burr’s gunshot.
Alexander Hamilton had great influence in the early history of the United States government. There are numerous monuments and memorials to him. Money, stamps, and statues abound. The Broadway musical Hamilton depicts the story of his success in America as a self-made immigrant becoming an American success story. It is a moving and prize winning musical. Be inspired! Have a bright day!