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Alexander Hamilton Biography

Title:
1st U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
Position:
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Reasoning:

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Active head of the army under President Washington, 1798-1800
  • Founded the U.S. National Bank, 1791
  • 1st U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1789-1795
  • Co-author with James Madison and John Jay of The Federalist Papers, 1787-1788
  • Gave a famous speech at the Constitutional Convention in which he attacked states’ rights and advocated for an aristocratic, strongly centralized, coercive, but representative union with laws that would give weight to class and property, June 18, 1787
  • Founded the Bank of New York, 1784
  • Admitted to the Bar in the state of New York, 1783
  • Delegate to the Continental Congress, 1782
  • Aide to General Washington, held rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Led one of the final charges at the Battle of Yorktown. 1777-1781
  • Commissioned captain of an artillery company set up by the New York Providential Congress, March 14th, 1776
Education:
  • King’s College (predecessor of Columbia University), New York City, 1775
Other:
  • Born on the West Indies island of Nevis to James Hamilton, the fourth son of a Scottish laird, and Rachel Fawcett Lavien, of part French Huguenot descent
  • Lost a duel to Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804, and died the next day