Top Facts About Alexander Hamilton

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1. The Federalist Papers

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In the last entry, we discussed how Hamilton wanted a main government and to form one, nine of the 13 states had to approve the U.S. Constution to ratify it. To be able to generate support for the ratification, Hamilton developed the thought of writing 25 letters to newspapers that argued because of its ratification. To achieve this, he enlisted assistance from statesmen John Jay and James Madison. All the essays were published under the psydenom “Publius.”

However, rather than writing 25 letters, between October 1787 and May 1788 they actually wrote 85 essays. Hamilton wrote two-thirds of them – 51 in most; Madison wrote 29 (three of of possibly co-written by Hamilton), and Jay wrote 5. Exactly what a slacker.

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2. He Left His Family in Debt

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You might believe that, since Hamilton was a lawyer who created the foundation of the American economy and served while the Secretary of the Treasury, he could be very wealthy. All things considered, he's one of only two non-Presidents on American currency, so he should have at the very least been good with money. That is unquestionably what James Madison and Thomas Jefferson wanted individuals to think. They actually perpetrated the rumor after his death that he was corrupt and used his position as Secretary of the Treasury to make himself an extremely wealthy man.

However, when Hamilton died, he left his family with plenty of debt because he wasn't corrupt and didn't cheat the system. Also, by serving as Secretary of the Treasury, he made way less than he could have if he was a lawyer. He probably could have made more income after his political careerwas over had he not been killed in the duel.

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3. He Passed the New York Bar Exam After Studying for Only Six Mont

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Throughout the American Revolution, Hamilton joined the Patriots to fight against the Loyalists. Hamilton quickly caught the eye of General George Washington, who made him a secretary and an adviser. During this period, Hamilton wrote several important letters and reports for Washington.

During his tenure as adviser, Hamilton saw a real problem with the fledgling American nation; mainly that the states were resentful and jealous of every other. He thought that a powerful central government would improve relations involving the states and strengthen the country. To simply help create a tougher central government, Hamilton decided to become lawyer. In 1782, he left his post being an adviser to Washington after holding it for five years, and studied to take the bar exam. People usually takes years to review for the bar, but amazingly, it only took Hamilton six months to prepare. He passed and became a lawyer in New York City in 1782.

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4. He Lied About His Age

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When Alexander Hamilton's mother, Rachel Fawcett, was a teenager, she was living on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies, and she was forced to marry a much older man named John Lavine. Rachel, who was a descendant of British and French Huguenot parents, wasn't happy in the marriage. Lavine was abusive and spent all the cash Rachel had inherited from her father's death. Eventually, Lavine had her locked up in prison for adultery.

After leaving prison, Rachel didn't go back to her husband and the son they'd together. Instead she fled to St. Kitts, where she lived with a Scottish trader named James Hamilton. Rachel gave birth to a boy in 1753, and then Alexander Hamilton was created on January 11, 1755… although he told people he was created in 1757.

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5. He Founded The New York Post

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In the Presidential election in 1800, the candidates were Thomas Jefferson, who was the Democratic-Republicans candidate, and then-President John Adams, who had been the candidate from the Federalist Party. The Federalist Party was the first American political party and it absolutely was predicated on Hamilton's fiscal policies. They promoted a powerful national government, loose interpretation of the Constitution, and a harmonious relationship with Britain. The Democratic-Republican party was the first opposition party and they virtually wanted the opposite. They wanted more state rights and a more strict interpretation of the Constitution.

Hamilton was troubled that Jefferson won the election in 1800, so in November 1801, he founded The New York Post, that was originally called The New York Evening Post, with a $10,000 investment. The newspaper was obviously anti-Jefferson and anti-Democratic-Republicans.

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6. He Worked With Andrew Burr

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The first recorded murder trial in the United States was called the Manhattan Well Murder. The case revolved around a unmarried couple named Levi Weeks and Elma Sands. Weeks lived in New England, but moved to New York to benefit his brother as a carpenter. In July 1799, he moved into a boarding house run by the aunt and uncle of Elma Sands. Soon, Weeks and Sands were meeting up in secret at night.

Trying to prevent getting in trouble for fooling around without having to be married, and possibly because Sands was pregnant, the couple got engaged on December 22, 1799. That night, they went out, and only Weeks returned home. He said that he didn't know where she was and that he had simply lost monitoring of her. A few days later, her body was found at the end of a well.

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7. He Lost His Son in a Duel

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Obviously, Hamilton wasn't enthusiastic about Thomas Jefferson's win in 1800, but irrespective of how unhappy he was concerning the election, he accepted the results. After all, he was one of many Founding Fathers, and to suggest otherwise might have been very insulting. On July 4, 1801, a 27-year-old lawyer named George Eacker, a supporter of Jefferson, gave a speech at Columbia University, where he claimed that Hamilton desired to take the Presidency by force and suggested that he preferred the monarchy over democracy.

Hamilton's oldest son, 19-year-old Philip, read concerning the speech in the newspaper and four months later, he and a friend named Richard Price were at the theater when they spotted Eacker in one of many boxes. The two young men, who have been possibly drunk, stormed the box and began to insult Eacker. They later found myself in a quarrel in the lobby. Eacker supposedly called the two boys “damned rascals.”

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8. He Was Involved in a Sex Scandal

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In the summer of 1791, Alexander Hamilton was 34 (really 36) and living in Philadelphia with his wife and children. During the time, he was the secretary of the United States Treasury. One day, a 23-year-old woman named Maria Reynolds knocked on Hamilton's door while his wife and children were out of town on vacation. Reynolds told Hamilton that her husband, James Reynolds, had abandoned her, but she was ultimately better off because he was an awful man. She said that she didn't have money and was wondering if Hamilton would help her out so she could happen to be New York to stay with some family.

Hamilton agreed to greatly help and shared with her that he would bring her the money that night. That evening, Hamilton visited her house, and they went into her bedroom. Presumably that's when Marvin Gaye stepped out of an occasion machine to create the mood, and Hamilton seen that “other than pecuniary consolation would be acceptable.” 

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9. He Came to America Because He Was a Good Writer

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In August 1772, when Hamilton was 17 (but telling people he was 15) the West Indies was hit by a horrible hurricane. Hamilton, who was simply working as a clerk, wrote concerning the hurricane in a letter that he planned on sending to his father. However, first he showed it to a Presbyterian minister named Hugh Knox, who was simply also mentoring him. In an appealing side note, Knox was ordained as a minister by Aaron Burr Sr., the father of Vice President Aaron Burr. As you most likely know if you ever studied American history, Aaron Burr is going to be a big part of the list.

But, back once again to the letter – Knox read it and was impressed with Hamilton's writing. He encouraged Hamilton to publish it in the newspaper where Knox filled in being an editor. It had been printed in October along with a foreword by Knox. Following the letter was published, several businessmen in St. Croix wanted to know the identity of the writer and when Hamilton came forward, they used an assortment to send him to America to be educated. Almost a year later, Hamilton was sent to New York where he enrolled in King's College (which has become Columbia).

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10. The Infamous Duel

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The roots of the duel that will claim the life span of Alexander Hamilton can be traced back to the 1800 election. At the time, there is a drawback in the Constitution of the United States, which resulted in a unique political situation. Members of the electoral college were designed to vote for two different people for President. The situation was everyone voted for the same two men for the Democratic-Republican party: Thomas Jefferson, and the man he asked to be his running mate, Aaron Burr.

Hamilton, who was the inspiration for the Federalist Party and among its most important members, believed that Jefferson was the lesser of two evils, so he helped campaign for Jefferson. However, then-President John Adams and one other Federalists wanted Burr to function as Presidential candidate. After several rounds of voting that triggered ties, Jefferson finally won the vote for Presidential candidate and Burr became the Vice Presidential candidate.

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