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Read the story of the Founding Father who inspired the smash Broadway musical.
Born in the British West Indies and orphaned as a child, Alexander Hamilton made his way to the American Colonies and studied to become a lawyer. He joined a local militia during the American Revolution, rose to the rank of Major General, and became the chief aide to General George Washington. After the war, he became the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. He founded the Bank of New York and The New York Post newspaper. He served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and is also celebrated as a co-author of The Federalist Papers, a series of essays that are still used today to interpret the U.S. Constitution.
The end of his life became a national scandal when he was shot and killed in a duel with then-Vice President Aaron Burr.
Hamilton, the former secretary of the treasury, and Vice President Burr were longstanding political rivals and personal enemies.
Alexander Hamilton was appointed as the country's first Secretary of The Treasury on September 11, 1789. During his time as Secretary of the Treasury Hamilton helped write economic policies, develop the funding of state debts, establish the national bank, create a national currency, a system of tariffs, and a peaceful trade relationship with Britain.
Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755, on the island of Nevis in the West Indies.
I still don't know a lot, but this Who Was Alexander Hamilton book, geared towards 3rd-6th graders, gave me a simple foundation The book was Lin-Manuel Miranda's inspiration for his musical Hamilton. I looked at that book for the entire checkout period and was so intimidated I didn't even open it.
The Legacy of Alexander Hamilton.