Alexander Hamilton: America's Forgotten Founder

Alexander Hamilton: America's Forgotten Founder

Alexander Hamilton: America's Forgotten Founder

Alexander Hamilton: America's Forgotten Founder

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Alexander Hamilton lived in the most challenging period of American history, when its institutions were being formed and its direction was being determined. He produced a legacy of the strongest government and national economy in the world. Born on a remote island in the West Indies, Hamilton entered America when he was not yet sixteen years of age, at a time when the colonies were torn by political unrest over their oppressive treatment at the hands of the British Parliament.

In three years, while Hamilton was acquiring an education, the political unrest with Great Britain transitioned into a crisis that finally ignited at Lexington and Concord. With his education interrupted by the Revolution, Hamilton involved himself in the struggle for independence by joining New York’s militia as a captain of artillery. He had the good fortune to be offered a position on the staff of General Washington, which began a relationship that was to have a lasting and beneficial effect on the formation and development of the United States government. Hamilton continued his education in stolen moments during the Revolution by reading the works of classical writers on politics, law and economic principles. He distinguished himself during the war, both on the field of battle and in his administrative role as Washington’s chief aide-de-camp. In this latter position Hamilton became . . .

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