Alexander Hamilton. It's a name we have all heard a lot since Hamilton: An American Musical hit Broadway in 2015. But who is he? What's his story?
Alexander Hamilton was born to James A. Hamilton, a Scotsman, and Rachel Fawcett (Faucette), a prostitute, on January 11 of 1755 or 1757 in St. Kitts. He was orphaned at a young age, but his talents and intelligence were recognized, and a number of wealthy men sponsored his journey to the United States to study at King's College (Columbia University). Once the Revolutionary War started he dropped out of school to join the effort. He quickly rose through the ranks and became a senior aide and close friend to George Washington. After the war, he practiced law and then became a driving force behind the birth and progress of the Constitution. He became Secretary of the Treasury under George Washington and continued to influence national politics up until his death, at the hands of then-Vice President Aaron Burr on July 12 of 1804 in New York City. To learn more about him, we recommend reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow or listening to/watching Hamilton: An American Musical.
He was married to Elizabeth Schuyler on December 14 of 1780. They had eight children: Philip, Angelica, Alexander Jr., James Alexander, John Church, William Stephen, Eliza, and Philip (born one year after the Hamilton's oldest son, Philip, was killed in a duel).
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