Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father, economist, and political philosopher. He led calls for the Philadelphia Convention, was one of America's first Constitutional lawyers, and co-wrote (with James Madison) the Federalist Papers, a primary source for Constitutional interpretation.
A veteran of the American Revolution, where he became senior aide-de-camp and confidant to General George Washington, after the war he entered politics, serving several positions before becoming Washington's Treasury Secretary.
Hamilton was killed in a duel with his rival, then-Vice President Aaron Burr on July 12, 1804.
Alexander Hamilton in Southern Victory
In the Remembrance era of the United States between the Second Mexican War and the Great War, Alexander Hamilton, a New Yorker, enjoyed an upswing in popularity along with other northern Founding Fathers such as John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. This corresponded to a drop in favorable opinions of his Virginian contemporaries--especially his archrival Thomas Jefferson.
- See, e.g., The Victorious Opposition, pg. 137.
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