20 Facts About Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

The Founding Fathers of the United States are the individuals of the Thirteen British Colonies in North America who led the American Revolution against the authority of the British Crown and established the United States of America.

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He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the founder of the nation's financial system, the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, and The New York Post newspaper.

The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the country's seven uniformed services.

The New York Post is an American daily newspaper that is primarily distributed in New York City and its surrounding area.

The term federalist describes several political beliefs around the world.

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As the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was the main author of the economic policies of the George Washington administration.

The Secretary of the Treasury is the head of the U.S. Department of the Treasury which is concerned with financial and monetary matters, and, until 2003, also included several federal law enforcement agencies.

George Washington was an American politician and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.


He took the lead in the funding of the states' debts by the Federal government, as well as the establishment of a national bank, a system of tariffs, and friendly trade relations with Britain.

A federation is a political entity characterized by a union of partially self-governing states or regions under a central government.


His vision included a strong central government led by a vigorous executive branch, a strong commercial economy, with a national bank and support for manufacturing, plus a strong military.


Thomas Jefferson was his leading opponent, arguing for agrarianism and smaller government.

Agrarianism is a social philosophy or political philosophy which values rural society as superior to urban society, the independent farmer as superior to the paid worker, and sees farming as a way of life that can shape the ideal social values.

Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.


Hamilton was born out of wedlock in Charlestown, Nevis.

Nevis is a small island in the Caribbean Sea that forms part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies.

Charlestown or Charles Town may refer to:


Orphaned as a child he was taken in by a prosperous merchant.


As a precocious young teenager he was sent to New York to pursue his education.


Hamilton took an early role as the American Revolutionary War began.

The American Revolutionary War, also referred to as the American War of Independence and the Revolutionary War in the United States, was an armed conflict between Great Britain and thirteen of its North American colonies that after onset of the war declared independence as the United States of America.


In 1777, he became a senior aide to General Washington in running the new Continental Army.


After the war, Hamilton was elected as a representative to the Congress of the Confederation from New York.

The Congress of the Confederation, or the Confederation Congress, formally referred to as the United States in Congress Assembled, was the governing body of the United States of America that existed from March 1, 1781, to March 4, 1789.


He resigned to practice law, and founded the Bank of New York.

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, which does business as BNY Mellon, is an American worldwide banking and financial services holding company headquartered in New York City.


Hamilton was a leader in seeking to replace the weak national government, and led the Annapolis Convention in 1786, which spurred Congress to call a Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.


He helped achieve ratification by writing 51 of the 85 installments of The Federalist Papers, which to this day remain the single most important reference for Constitutional interpretation.

The Federalist is a collection of 85 articles and essays written under the pseudonym "Publius" by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to promote the ratification of the United States Constitution.

Judicial interpretation are different ways the judiciary uses to interpret the law, particularly constitutional documents and legislation.


Hamilton led the Treasury Department as a trusted member of President Washington's first Cabinet.


He was a nationalist who emphasized strong central government and successfully argued that the implied powers of the Constitution provided the legal authority to fund the national debt, assume states' debts, and create the government-backed Bank of the United States.

Implied powers, in the United States, are powers authorized by the Constitution that, while not stated, seem implied by powers that are expressly stated.


These programs were funded primarily by a tariff on imports, and later also by a controversial tax on whiskey.

Whisky or whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash.


To overcome localism, Hamilton mobilized a nationwide network of friends of the government, especially bankers and businessmen, which became the Federalist Party.


A major issue in the emergence of the American two-party system was the Jay Treaty, largely designed by Hamilton in 1794.

The Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation, Between His Britannic Majesty and the United States of America, commonly known as the Jay Treaty, and also as Jay's Treaty, was a 1795 treaty between the United States and Great Britain that averted war, resolved issues remaining since the Treaty of Paris of 1783, and facilitated ten years of peaceful trade between the United States and Britain in the midst of the French Revolutionary Wars, which began in 1792.

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