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Alexander Hamilton an American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was born on January 11, 1755 (or 1757) in Charlestown, Nevis, British Leeward Islands. He was born out of wedlock to Rachel Faucette, half-British and half-French descent, and James Hamilton, from Scotland. His mother was previously married to Peter Lavian and had one son. She ended up leaving her first husband and son and went to St. Kitts. This is where she met James Hamilton. Faucette’s birthplace was Nevis and so she had inherited land from her father there. Faucette and Hamilton moved there where they had their sons, James Hamilton Jr. and Alexander Hamilton. James Hamilton ended up leaving Faucette to “spare her a charge of bigamy… after finding out that her first husband intended to divorce her under Danish law on grounds of adultery and desertion” (Randall). Faucette eventually contracted an illness that killed her in 1768. Alexander Hamilton became a clerk at an import-export firm, which traded with New York and New England. Hamilton loved to read and when he was a clerk at this firm, he became interested in being a writer. He wanted to further his education but he and his brother were denied membership to the Church of England because their parents were not legally married. In 1773, “A wealthy Caribbean businessman saw promise in a West Indian orphan named Alexander Hamilton” (Wolff Scanlan). Hamilton paid for his voyage to Boston with two loads of sugar given to him from this businessman. This was just two months before the Boston Tea Party.Hamilton entered King’s College (now Columbia University) in New York City in 1774. Samuel Seabury, a clergyman from the Church of England, published pamphlets promoting the Loyalist Cause. Hamilton responded with A Full Vindication of the Measures of Congress and The Farmer Refuted, his first political writings. Hamilton was forced to leave the school before he graduated due to British being in the city. As the war was etching on, Hamilton and other King’s College students joined the militia. At just twenty years old, Hamilton went up the ranks and became President George Washington’s top aide. He handled letters to Congress and state governors; he even drafted many of Washington’s orders and letters. Washington, after Hamilton threatened to resign, assigned Hamilton as commander of a battalion of light infantry companies in 1781.Hamilton resigned his commission after the Battle of Yorktown. In 1782, he was appointed as a New York representative to the Congress of the Confederation. Hamilton had already been disappointed in Congress especially during the war. Congress had no power to collect taxes or get any money from the states. Thomas Burke proposed an amendment to the Articles of Confederation. He wanted Congress to be able to collect a 5% impost. This requires ratification by all states. All of the states were for it except Rhode Island. James Madison joined with Alexander Hamilton to try to convince Rhode Island to change its mind. Virginia, originally in favor of ratification, ended up changing their mind as well. This ended all negotiations with Rhode Island.Hamilton returned to New York in 1782 after resigning from Congress. He passed the bar exam and started his practice in Albany after six months of teaching himself. In 1784, he founded the Bank of New York, one of the oldest still-standing banks in America. He had been disappointed with the Articles of Confederation for a long time and played a major role at the Annapolis Convention in 1786. Hamilton wrote an address at this conference urging all of the states to send delegates to a meeting in Philadelphia to consider changes to the Articles of Confederation.When Hamilton became the first Secretary of the Treasury, he gained a country that was in serious debt. In 1790, he published his Reports on Public Credit, a plan to assume domestic and foreign debt, pay off federal war bonds, and create a national mechanism for collecting taxes.Exhausted from the political battles, Hamilton retired from Washington’s cabinet in 1795. He did continue to be one of Washington’s closest advisors. Hamilton made many political enemies. John Adams, referred to Hamilton as “the foreigner” and called him “the most relentless, impatient, artful, indefatigable, and unprincipled intriguer in the United States, if not the world” (Stevens). Hamilton was not too fond of Adams either. In the 1796 election, Hamilton tired to influence the Electoral College to name Adams’ opponent, Thomas Pickney, the victor. This attempt was unsuccessful.  In 1804, Vice President, Aaron Burr’s term was coming to an end. He entered the race for New York governor. Hamilton publicly supported Burr’s opponent. Hamilton discredited Burr in his writings to deter people from voting for him. Hamilton actually wrote that “If we have an embryo-Caesar in the United States, ’tis Burr.” Burr did not win the election and after years of political fighting, Burr finally took offense. He challenged Alexander Hamilton to a duel. On the morning of July 11, 1804, Hamilton met Burr in Weehawken, New Jersey for the duel. When the two men fired their pistols, only Hamilton was hit. He died the next afternoon due to the fatal shot.Alexander was an important an in many ways. He shaped the Supreme Court the way it is today. He helped ensure the ratification of the Constitution and established America’s financial system. He was born out of wedlock which was frowned upon. He is an inspiration to the people of America because he worked hard for what he had and fought hard for what he believed in. Hamilton established a newspaper in 1801 that was originally called The New York Evening Post, now known today as the The New York Post. He used this to spread the anti-Jefferson Federalist Party propaganda. Today, The New York Post is actually stilled used with the same concept. People write stories and share them with the world and these same people spread their ideologies and preferences. They spread the propaganda just as Hamilton did in his days.One of Hamilton’s biggest successes in his life was his proposal for a national bank. Congress approved the idea in 1791. It could lend the government money and pay off state debts. This system created a federal system to collect taxes that we use today. Hamilton also laid the foundation of national economy and created a national judicial system that set up principles of foreign policy. In 1929, the Treasury Department put Alexander Hamilton’s face on the $10 bill and in 2015, the musical “Hamilton” became one of the biggest shows on Broadway in New York City. Hamilton has influenced the United States in more ways than we think.

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