Alexander Hamilton

Basic Info

Born: January 11, 1757 (or 1755)Hamilton claimed to have been born in 1757, but some historians believe he was actually born in 17551.

Died: July 12, 1804

Home State: New York

Political Party: Federalist

Brief Biography

Born in the Caribbean to a single mother, Alexander Hamilton became the first US Secretary of the Treasury and founder of the American financial system. Hamilton worked closely with Robert Morris, whom he viewed as a mentor. As a delegate to the Constitutional Convention from New York, he advocated for a strong national government. He didn't have faith in states' abilities to govern themselves effectively, and believed a national currency was essential to the new government. Hamilton worked closely with John Jay and James Madison to create The Federalist papers which promoted ratification of the Constitution.

Although he never served as President, he was the leader of the Federalist Party during the 1790s and early 1800s, in opposition to the Democratic-Republican Party led by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. His ongoing political rivalries led to his death after a fatal duel with Aaron BurrAaron Burr (1756-1836) Third Vice President of the United States, serving during Thomas Jefferson's first term..

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