The Federalist Papers: Hamilton's Strong Centralized Government

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Even before the war had ended, Hamilton 's attention began to focus on politics. In letters to colonial leaders, he strongly criticized the new Confederation and advocated a strong, centralized government. As the war ended in 1783, he was admitted to the New York bar and opened an office on Wall Street. He served in the U.S. Congress from 1782 to 1783 and founded the Bank of New York in 1784. In 1787–88, Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison wrote The Federalist Papers, a series of letters defending the new Constitution. A classic commentary on U.S. constitutional law and the principles of government, approximately three-quarters of the papers are attributable to Hamilton, who also secured New York 's ratification of the Constitution.
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