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Alexander Hamilton - American Statesman

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About This Biography:

This is an example of a biographical sketch created using the biographical framework. This is an excellent tool that you can use in classes across the curriculum. You can then use the Biography Rubric to grade the work turned in by your students.

Birth:

January 11, 1755, Nevis, Island in the West Indies

Death:

July 12, 1804, New York City, fatally shot in a duel with Aaron Burr

Early Influences:

  • Father, James Hamilton, never married his mother
  • Father abandoned the family in 1765
  • Worked as a clerk and later bookkeeper/manager at a trading post in St. Croix

Education:

  • Friends collected funds to send Hamilton to New York for a college education in 1772
  • Entered King's College in 1774 (now Columbia University)

Major Accomplishments:

  • Served as aide-de-camp to General Washington with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel
  • Served as a member of the Continental Congress from 1782-1783
  • Attended the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787
  • Appointed first Secretary of the Treasury by President George Washington 1789-1795
  • Initiated the 'Hamiltonian System', a plan for centralizing and reinvigorating the national economy - 1791
  • Developed plans for a congressional charter for the First Bank of the United States

Significance:

  • Co-authored the Federalist Papers with John Jay and James Madison
  • The driving force behind the ratification of the U.S. Constitution
  • The only New York delegate to the Constitutional Convention to sign the Constitution
  • Recommended a 'Revenue Marine' force today called the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Played a crucial role in creating the U.S. Navy with the Naval Act of 1794
  • When the House of Representatives was forced to decide the election of 1800, he championed Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr

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