PLZ help! Does anyone know any interesting facts on Alexander Hamilton?
If u know how many kids he had thats great! any interesting facts will do. the person with the most helpful facts gets the points.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757–July 12, 1804) was an Army officer, lawyer, Founding Father, American politician, leading statesman, financier and political theorist. One of America's foremost constitutional lawyers, he was a leader in calling the U.S. Constitutional Convention in 1787; he was one of the two leading authors of the Federalist Papers, the most important interpretation of the United States Constitution.
Hamilton served chiefly as aide-de-camp to General George Washington. Under President Washington, Hamilton became the first Secretary of the Treasury; and had much influence over the rest of the government and the formation of policy, including foreign and military policy. Hamilton convinced Congress to use an elastic interpretation of the Constitution to pass far-reaching laws. They included: the funding of the national debt; federal assumption of the state debts; creation of a national bank; and a system of taxes through a tariff on imports and a tax on whiskey that would help pay for it. He admired the success of the British system, and opposed the excesses of the French Revolution.
Hamilton created the Federalist party, the first American political party, which he built up using Treasury department patronage, networks of elite leaders, and aggressive newspaper editors he subsidized both through Treasury patronage and by loans from his own pocket.  His great political adversary was Thomas Jefferson who, with James Madison, created the opposition party (of several names, now known as the Democratic-Republican Party). This opposition party intended to counter Hamilton's urban, financial, industrial goals for the United States, and his promotion of extensive trade and friendly relations with Britain. Hamilton retired from the Treasury in 1795 to practice law in New York City, but during the Quasi-War with France he served as organizer and de facto commander of a national army beginning in December, 1798; if full scale war broke out with France, the army was intended to conquer the North American colonies of France's ally, Spain. He worked to defeat both John Adams and Jefferson in the election of 1800; but when the House of Representatives deadlocked, he helped secure the election of Jefferson over Hamilton's long-time political enemy, Aaron Burr.
Hamilton's nationalist and industrializing vision was rejected in the Jeffersonian "Revolution of 1800" as too elitist and hostile to states' rights. However, after the War of 1812 showed the need for strong national institutions, his former opponents -- including Madison and Albert Gallatin -- came to emulate his programs as they too set up a national bank, tariffs, a national infrastructure, and a standing army and navy. The later Whig and Republican parties adopted many of Hamilton's ideas regarding the flexible interpretation of the Constitution and using the federal government to build a strong economy and military. However, his negative reputation after 1800 - both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson viewed him as unprincipled and dangerously aristocratic - did not allow acknowledgment of his role until his style of nationalism became dominant again in the late 19th century, when progressives such as Theodore Roosevelt and Herbert Croly, as well as conservatives such as long-time member of the US Congress Henry Cabot Lodge, revived his reputation.
Born: January 11, 1755 or 1757
Nevis, British West Indies
Died: July 12, 1804
New York City, New York
Politica:l party Federalist
Spouse: Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
Profession: Lawyer, Military officer, Politician
Hamilton and Elizabeth had 10 childrenSource(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Hamilton Hamilton and Elizabeth had 10 children
- StacyLv 44 years ago
Give the government unobstructed power to control the people and then ask them to be thoughtful when they have that power. What we have instead is a country where corporations have unobstructed power to control the people and have shown little concern for the public in doing so. Neither extreme is good for us. It should be noted that Alexander Hamilton was not well-liked by his peers and Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and respected by all the Founding Fathers for her political insight, wrote in her diary that Alexander Hamilton was an evil man.
- 3 years ago
He was a bastard, orphan, son of a whore, and a scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence and poverist and squalor who grew up to be a hero and a scholar
- 1 decade ago
Both Hamilton and Burr are referenced in SNL's Digital Short "Lazy Sunday"
"I'm dropping Hamilton's like my name was Aaron Burr!"
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- 4 years ago
He was a federalist, he was shot and killed by vice president Aaron Burr, there's a musical about his life, he had an affair with a married woman while he himself was married, his mother was a prostitute, and he never knew his father.
- deezNutzLv 41 decade ago
he's on the 10 dollar bill cuz he was the first secretary of the treasury or so i think
- 1 decade ago
Aaron Burr killed him and my husband's family is related to Aaron Burr. (Not a good thing to have in one's family history).