58 Facts About Alexander Hamilton

1. Alexander Hamilton was active during the Revolution in trying to raise black troops for the army, with the promise of freedom.

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2. Alexander Hamilton served as one of the first trustees of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy in Clinton, New York, which was renamed Hamilton College in 1812, after receiving a college charter.

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3. Alexander Hamilton named the house "The Grange" after the estate of his grandfather Alexander in Ayrshire, Scotland.

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4. Alexander Hamilton has appeared on the $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $1,000 notes.

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5. Alexander Hamilton wrote two or three hymns, which were published in the local newspaper.

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6. Alexander Hamilton maintained a correspondence with Elizabeth's younger sister Margarita, nicknamed Peggy, who was the recipient of his first letters praising her sister Elizabeth at the time of his courtship in early 1780.

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7. Alexander Hamilton was buried in the Trinity Churchyard Cemetery in Manhattan.

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8. Vice President Burr shot Alexander Hamilton, delivering what proved to be a fatal wound.

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9. Alexander Hamilton refused the hairspring set of dueling pistols offered by Nathaniel Pendleton.

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10. Alexander Hamilton wrote a letter in response and ultimately refused because he could not recall the instance of insulting Burr.

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11. Alexander Hamilton wrote an exceeding number of letters to friends in Congress to convince the members to see otherwise.

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12. Alexander Hamilton spoke of Jefferson as being "by far not so a dangerous man", and that Burr was a "mischievous enemy" to the principle measure of the past administration.

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13. Alexander Hamilton mailed this to two hundred leading Federalists; when a copy fell into the Democratic-Republicans' hands, they printed it.

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14. Alexander Hamilton expected to see southern states such as the Carolinas cast their votes for Pinckney and Jefferson, and would result in the former being ahead of both Adams and Jefferson.

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15. Alexander Hamilton now toured New England, again urging northern electors to hold firm for Pinckney in the renewed hope of making Pinckney president; and he again intrigued in South Carolina.

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16. Alexander Hamilton directed them to pass a direct tax to fund the war.

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17. Alexander Hamilton served as inspector general of the United States Army from July 18, 1798, to June 15, 1800.

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18. Alexander Hamilton continually supported their relationship to regularly gain blackmail money from Hamilton.

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19. Alexander Hamilton influenced Washington in the composition of his Farewell Address by writing drafts for Washington to compare with the latter's draft, although when Washington contemplated retirement in 1792, he had consulted James Madison for a draft that was used in a similar manner to Hamilton's.

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20. Alexander Hamilton assembled a nationwide coalition to garner support for the Administration, including the expansive financial programs Hamilton had made Administration policy and especially the president's policy of neutrality in the European war between Britain and France.

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21. Alexander Hamilton thought of the United States being a primarily agrarian country would be at a disadvantage in dealing with Europe.

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22. Alexander Hamilton refuted Smith's ideas of government noninterference, as it would have been detrimental for trade with other countries.

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23. Alexander Hamilton cautioned against expedited judicial means, and favored a jury trial with potential offenders.

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24. One of the principal sources of revenue Alexander Hamilton prevailed upon Congress to approve was an excise tax on whiskey.

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25. Alexander Hamilton proposed that the US dollar should have fractional coins using decimals, rather than eighths like the Spanish coinage.

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26. Alexander Hamilton differed from European monetary policymakers in his desire to overprice gold relative to silver, on the grounds that the United States would always receive an influx of silver from the West Indies.

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27. Alexander Hamilton had written to Robert Morris as early as 1781 that fixing the public credit will win their objective of independence.

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28. Alexander Hamilton wrote the first paper signed as Publius, and all of the subsequent papers were signed under the name.

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29. Alexander Hamilton recruited John Jay and James Madison to write a series of essays defending the proposed Constitution, now known as The Federalist Papers, and made the largest contribution to that effort, writing 51 of 85 essays published.

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30. Early in the Convention Alexander Hamilton made a speech proposing a President-for-Life; it had no effect upon the deliberations of the convention.

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31. Alexander Hamilton instructed Assistant Secretary of War William Jackson to intercept the men.

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32. Alexander Hamilton requested militia from Pennsylvania's Supreme Executive Council, but was turned down.

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33. Alexander Hamilton transmitted a letter arguing that Congress already had the power to tax, since it had the power to fix the sums due from the several states; but Virginia's rescission of its own ratification ended the Rhode Island negotiations.

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34. Alexander Hamilton was involved in a wide variety of high-level duties, including intelligence, diplomacy, and negotiation with senior army officers as Washington's emissary.

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35. Alexander Hamilton handled letters to Congress, state governors, and the most powerful generals in the Continental Army; he drafted many of Washington's orders and letters at the latter's direction; he eventually issued orders from Washington over Hamilton's own signature.

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36. Alexander Hamilton served for four years as Washington's chief staff aide.

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37. Alexander Hamilton was invited to become an aide to William Alexander, Lord Stirling and one other general, perhaps Nathanael Greene or Alexander McDougall.

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38. Alexander Hamilton brought three cannons up and had them fire upon the building.

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39. Alexander Hamilton studied military history and tactics on his own and was recommended for promotion.

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40. Alexander Hamilton drilled with the company, before classes, in the graveyard of nearby St Paul's Chapel.

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41. Alexander Hamilton was forced to discontinue his studies before graduating when the college closed its doors during British occupation of the city.

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42. Alexander Hamilton was a supporter of the Revolutionary cause at this pre-war stage, although he did not approve of mob reprisals against Loyalists.

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43. Alexander Hamilton came under the influence of William Livingston, a leading intellectual and revolutionary, with whom he lived for a time at his Liberty Hall.

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44. Alexander Hamilton supplemented his education with a family library of 34 books.

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45. Alexander Hamilton began to desire a life outside the island where he lived.

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46. Alexander Hamilton became a clerk at the local import-export firm of Beekman and Cruger, which traded with New York and New England.

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47. Alexander Hamilton was born and spent part of his childhood in Charlestown, the capital of the island of Nevis in the Leeward Islands.

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48. Alexander Hamilton continued his legal and business activities in New York City, and was active in ending the legality of the international slave trade.

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49. Alexander Hamilton played a central role in the Federalist party, which dominated national and state politics until it lost the election of 1800 to Jefferson's Democratic-Republican Party.

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50. Alexander Hamilton led the Treasury Department as a trusted member of President Washington's first Cabinet.

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51. Alexander Hamilton helped ratify the Constitution by writing 51 of the 85 installments of The Federalist Papers, which are still used as one of the most important references for Constitutional interpretation.

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52. Alexander Hamilton was a leader in seeking to replace the weak national government under the Articles of Confederation; he led the Annapolis Convention of 1786, which spurred Congress to call a Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

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53. Alexander Hamilton resigned to practice law and founded the Bank of New York.

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54. Alexander Hamilton took an early role in the militia as the American Revolutionary War began.

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55. Alexander Hamilton was orphaned as a child and taken in by a prosperous merchant.

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56. Alexander Hamilton took the lead in the Federal government's funding of the states' debts, as well as establishing a national bank, a system of tariffs, and friendly trade relations with Britain.

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57. Alexander Hamilton was an influential interpreter and promoter of the US Constitution, as well as the founder of the nation's financial system, the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, and the New York Post newspaper.

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58. Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

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