Alexander Hamilton was born on the Leeward Islands on January 11th, 1755, or 1757. As a child, Hamilton already showed signs of great intelligence. Sadly, his parents died early on. Therefore, his neighbors sent him to mainland America. He studied at a grammar school in New Jersey and later at King’s College in New York. Furthermore, he gained respect for his writing skills.
Additionally, he joined the militia to help fight in the Revolutionary war (1775-1783). The young captain proved himself well and joined George Washington’s staff. Hence, his reputation rose high. After the war, he joined the Continental Congress. However, he left the office a year later to work in law and finances.
Alexander Hamilton was very successful. For example, he founded the Bank of New York, the most lasting still-existing bank in the country. Hamilton also helped restore his alma mater King’s College. Despite his successes, he returned to politics.
In 1787, Hamilton served as a delegate of New York to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. He believed the country ought to be a republic. As a result, Hamilton is known to be one of the “architects” of modern republicanism. Moreover, he grouped with James Madison and John Jay to write The Federalist Papers. During the summer of 1788, Hamilton helped ratify the constitution. In fact, he was one of the key figures. Thus, his name is among the Founding fathers of the USA.
Alexander Hamilton, US citizen
George Washington appointed him the first secretary of the treasury in 1789. Hamilton once again made an impact. For example, he shaped the financial system and introduced federal taxes. Moreover, he founded a national bank and a mint. The politician stepped down in 1795. Furthermore, he founded the Federalist Party to support his policies.
Aaron Burr, the vice-president of Thomas Jefferson, was Hamilton’s life-long rival. Aaron Burr wanted to become president himself, but Hamilton helped push Jefferson to victory. Thus, the dispute between the two politicians grew. The whole conflict ended in 1804 in a duel where Burr shot Alexander Hamilton.
One of the greatest politicians and philosophers in US history, a Founding Father, died a day after the duel, on July 12th, 1804, in New York.
“Those who stand for nothing fall for everything.”Alexander Hamilton