Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was one of the pioneers in the early formation of the American Government. He was the participant of the Washington Revolutionary War. Hamilton is also the co writer of the famous document Federalist Paper along with John Jay and Madison who served as the primary source for this Constitutional Interpretation. Alexander Hamilton was held as the country’s first secretary of the Treasure in the year 1789 and he held that post for almost 6 years. Alexander Hamilton is known as a great man for its intelligence and ambition.

Born: January 11, 1757, Charlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Died: July 12, 1804, New York City, New York, United States
Party: Federalist Party
Spouse: Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (m. 1780–1804)
Children: John Church Hamilton, James Alexander Hamilton

Birth Details

There are lots of disputes and arguments going on about Alexander Hamilton birth date. It has been stated by one of the relative of Hamilton that Alexander was about 13 years at the time of his mother’s death therefore it is indicated he was born in the year 1755 but he himself always signed his birth year as 1757. Till date there have be no proof ever been shown in order to resolve the matter neither no records have been found to confirm or deny either of the two birth years. Alexander Hamilton was born in the Charlestown the capital of Nevis in the British West Indies. His parents were Rachel Faucett Lavien and James Hamilton.

Personal Biography

Alexander’s father had dumped his mother and him after which her mother started working in a small store to support Hamilton and his younger brother. Later in the year 1768 his mother died because of severe fever and he was left all by his own. At that Hamilton started working as a Clerk at Beekman and Cruger while the owner of the company was travelling Hamilton was left in charge of the same for five months. Later he was adopted by a Nevis Merchant Thomas Stevens. But still he continued to work as a clerk and also continued to be an avid reader. It was at this time that he developed a keen interest in writing as well.

Earlier Hamilton was denied to have a proper education in the church school as his parents were not legally married thus he tried and educated himself with the help of the family library of 34 books. His gained a good command over the French Language after learning it from her mother. He also had gone through the classics of Greek and Roman. However later in the year 1772 Hamilton received education from a Grammar School in Elizabethtown in New Jersey. There he studied with Francis Barber in the year 1773 and then moved to King’s College which is now known as Columbia University in New York to get the Bachelor’s of Art degree in just one year.

In the year 1780 Alexander Hamilton married Elizabeth Schuyler at the Schuyler’s Mansion in Albany New York.  


 In 1775 Alexander Hamilton has joined the New York volunteer militia camp. In 1776 he raised the New York Provincial Company of Artillery. In the same year he joined Washington’s aide as a Lieutenant Colonel and later he became the Chief of Staff. In 1778 he was the commanding officer of a Battalion of light infantry. In 1787 he was the first chosen delegate to the Constitutional Convention. In the same year he wrote about 51 essays on behalf of the proposed Constitution.

Awards & Achievements

Some of the achievements of Alexander Hamilton are as follows:

  • He was the first US Secretary of Treasure.
  • Co Author of the Federalist Paper
  • First delegate of New York chosen for the Conventional Constitution
  •  His portrait appeared on US currency.
  • Some towns have been named after him
  • Lastly the administrative building of the Coast Guard Academy has been named as the Hamilton Hall in the memory of the great man Alexander Hamilton.


Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.
- Alexander Hamilton

It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.
- Alexander Hamilton

Learn to think continentally.
- Alexander Hamilton

Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal.
- Alexander Hamilton

I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.
- Alexander Hamilton

I think the first duty of society is justice.
- Alexander Hamilton

Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will.
- Alexander Hamilton

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
- Alexander Hamilton

Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.
- Alexander Hamilton

Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.
- Alexander Hamilton

Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.
- Alexander Hamilton

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