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Alexander Hamilton Biography

Title:
First Secretary of the United States Treasury and Founding Father of the United States
Position:
None Found to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

No position found as of Mar. 12, 2008

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Individuals with JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to government and constitutional law. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to government and constitutional law.
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
Education:
  • Admitted to the Bar, state of New York, 1783
  • BA, King’s College, 1775
Other:
  • 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