Alexander Hamilton: Historical Figure And Founding Father

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Alexander Hamilton was an influential historical figure and founding father that has contributed greatly to our world today. He was a lawyer, military leader, economist, journalist, political scientist, and government official (biography). He was an orphan and had very little money, but made the most of his life and helped shape our United States government for future political leaders.
Alexander Hamilton was born on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies on January 11, 1755 or 1757. (biography) The exact year of his birth is unknown because most historians believe he lied about his age. His parents were “Rachel Fawcett Lavien, who was of British and French Huguenot descent, and James Hamilton, a Scottish trader.”(biography) Rachel passed away due to yellow fever on February 19, 1768. After her death, James left Alexander and his brother to live with an older cousin, who committed suicide. …show more content…

The next year, he was writing revolutionary essays speaking at public meetings. By 1776, he became a captain of artillery. (history) During the Revolutionary War, he also assisted his dear, friend, John Laurens, on the issue of slavery, and contributed to writing essays against the topic. He later married Elizabeth Schuyler on December 14, 1780. Eliza was born into “one of the richest and most political families in the state of New York.” (women history) Eliza and Hamilton had their first child in Throughout the 1780s, Alexander focused on strengthening the national government and writing the many essays that made up the Federalist Papers alongside John Jay and James Madison. Out of all 85 essays, Alexander composed 51 of them. In 1789, General George Washington appointed Alexander Hamilton as the first secretary treasury, but he

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