Alexander Hamilton's Impact On American Life

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Did you know that the only non-presidents on US paper currency are Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton? However, Alexander Hamilton has more to do with American political history than you may realize. He changed the way the American government works and how it continues to work to this day. Hamilton lived an influential life, he had a rough childhood but was able to overcome it and rise to great things. Alexander Hamilton is an important historical figure. Alexander Hamilton had a difficult childhood. He was born on the island of Nevis, British West Indies around January 11, 1755 or 1757 (Biography.com 1). His mother was Rachel Fawcett Lavien, and his father was James Hamilton, although his mother lived with James when Alexander was born,…show more content…
This led to many different conflicts especially during his political career. He had many disagreements with other politicians when they thought differently than himself, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Aaron Burr, but one conflict that he had that did not include politics was his affair with Maria Reynolds. This affair was thought to be one of the first major scandals in the country’s history (Biography.com 30). As for the political conflicts, they mostly consisted of letters being published about the other person to humiliate them or to cause them to lose their political influence, but some ended with a duel. In the case of Thomas Jefferson, he and Hamilton had opposing views and both spent a lot of time trying to discredit the other, in the case of John Adams, Hamilton was afraid that he did not share his political views and did not want someone like that as president so he tried to sway the voting so that Adams would be vice president instead (Britannica 15). As previously stated, some conflicts would lead to a duel which is exactly what happened with Hamilton and Aaron…show more content…
Eliza grew up with a privileged life, she was a part of a wealthy family and was tutored at her mansion in Albany as a child. She grew to be a smart, beautiful woman, which helped her impress Alexander. Unfortunately, Alexander Hamilton died he left behind a numerous family with a wife and 7 children to take care of, not including their oldest Phillip, who, as mentioned earlier, was killed in a duel a few years before the election. After Alexander’s death Eliza went on to start the first private orphanage in New York City where she helped raise over 750 children (Denenberg 5). Elizabeth Hamilton also defended her husband’s reputation even when it was repeatedly attacked, and she made sure to tell his story. In conclusion Alexander Hamilton was more involved in American history than many people realize. He helped to start and change a lot of things with the American government and a lot of the things he started and changed are still being used and are still important. Alexander Hamilton lived an influential life, and even though he had a rough childhood he was still able to overcome it and rise to do great things. Alexander Hamilton is an important historical figure and should be seen as
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