Could Alexander Hamilton have been part Jewish?
Is it possible that his mother or maybe his biological father could have been Jewish?
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Alexander Hamilton's mother was Rachel Faucett Lavien, of French Huguenot descent.
The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France or French Calvinists.
His father was James A. Hamilton, fourth son of Scottish laird Alexander Hamilton of Grange, Ayrshire.
Being a Scottish laird, he was certainly not Jewish.
Where the Jewish rumor comes in is that because his parents were not legally married due to past relationships, though they had money, the Church of England denied him membership or education in the church school.
Instead, he received "individual tutoring" and classes in a private Jewish school by a Jewish instructor.
(Hamilton's mother had been separated previously from Johann Michael Lavien of St. Croix, another French Huguenot)
There were, however, famous Jewish American revolunitionaries.
Haym Salomon, the "financier" of the patriot cause.
Isaac Franks, aide-de-camp to General George Washington.
South Carolina's Francis Salvador, the first identified Jew to be elected to an American colonial legislature, the only Jew to serve in a revolutionary colonial congress and the first Jew to die for the cause of American liberty.
David Salisbury Franksan, aide-de-camp under General Arnold.
Sephardic Dutch Jews were among the earliest settlers of Newport (where the country's oldest surviving synagogue building stands), Savannah, Charleston, Philadelphia and Baltimore.