Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman, politician, legal scholar, military commander, lawyer, banker, and economist. He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution. He established the nation’s first two de facto central banks, the Bank of North America and the First Bank of the United States. Hamilton’s views became the basis for the Federalist Party.
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Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman, politician, legal scholar, military commander, lawyer, banker, and economist. He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution. As the first secretary of the treasury, Hamilton was the main author of the economic policies of George Washington’s administration. He established the nation’s first two de facto central banks, the Bank of North America and the First Bank of the United States. His vision included a strong central government led by a vigorous executive branch, a strong commercial economy, government-controlled banks, support for manufacturing, and a strong military. Hamilton’s views became the basis for the Federalist Party, which was opposed to the Democratic-Republican Party led by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. He called for mobilization against the French First Republic in 1798–99 under President John Adams. Hamilton was mortally wounded in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr in 1804, when Burr ran for governor of New York State and Hamilton campaigned against him as unworthy. Hamilton is generally regarded as an astute and intellectually brilliant politician and financier, if often impetuous. His ideas are credited with laying the foundation for American government and finance. The Federalist Papers are still used as one of the most important references for Constitutional interpretation. The New York Post newspaper was founded by Hamilton in 1805. Hamilton died in New York City in 1807, and is buried in Mount Vernon, New York.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Hamilton, and their four children, Anne and James Jr. Hamilton, who were born out of wedlock in Charlestown, Nevis in the Leeward Islands, in 1755 or 1757. Hamilton and his older brother James Jr., were born of wedock to Rachael Fawcett, a married woman of French Huguenot descent, and James Hamilton, a laird of Grangeaird of Ayrshire, Scotland. It is not substantiated that Hamilton’s mother was of mixed race, though persistent, though verifiable evidence, suggests that she was white. In 1757, Hamilton arrived in the Thirteen Colonies and celebrated his birthday on January 11, and later, he tended to give his age in later life as January 11th, 1758. He died in 1808, and his wife and children were born in 1759 or 1760, and he died the following day in 1810. He had a son, James Jr, who was the fourth half-brother of Alexander Hamilton, the fourth son of James A. Hamilton. Hamilton wrote 51 of the 85 installments of The Federalian Papers, which are stillused as a source of information for constitutional interpretation. He also wrote the first edition of the New York Times, which appeared in 1783. Hamilton had a daughter, Anne, who died in childbirth in 1788, and died in 1791, at the age of 48. Hamilton also had a brother, James Hamilton Jr., who was a married man of Scottish Huguet descent who was half-British and half-Scottish.