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Alexander Hamilton Biography

First Secretary of the United States Treasury and Founding Father of the United States
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Head of the army under Washington, 1798-1800
  • Founder, U.S. National Bank, 1791
  • U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1789-1795
  • Co. author, The Federalist Papers, 1787-1788
  • Founder, Bank of New York, 1784
  • Delegate, Continental Congress, 1782
  • Lieutenant Colonel, Continental Army, 1777-1781
  • Captain, artillery company set up by the New York Providential Congress, Mar. 14, 1776
  • Admitted to the Bar, state of New York, 1783
  • BA, King’s College, 1775
  • Gave a famous speech at the Constitutional Convention in which he attacked the states’ rights proposal. In this speech he upheld the British government as the best possible model for the colonists to use. He advocated that the best solution lied in an aristocratic, strongly centralized, coercive, but representative union with devices that would give weight to class and property, June 18, 1787
  • Married Elizabeth Schuyler, the daughter of one of the most important politicians and largest landowners in the state of New York, General Philip Schuyler, 1780