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Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804



  • Existence: 1757 - 1804

Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman, politician, legal scholar, military commander, lawyer, banker, and economist. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the founder of the nation's financial system, the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, and the New York Post newspaper. As the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was the main author of the economic policies of George Washington's administration. He took the lead in the Federal government's funding of the states' debts, as well as establishing the nation's first two de facto central banks, the Bank of North America and the First Bank of the United States, a system of tariffs, and friendly trade relations with Britain. His vision included a strong central government led by a vigorous executive branch, a strong commercial economy, national banks, support for manufacturing, and a strong military.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Alexander Hamilton letter

Mss 795478
Identifier: Mss 795478
Scope and Contents Letter from Alexander Hamilton of New York to Oliver Wolcott, informing him that he hopes to receive certain statements he requested.

Alexander Hamilton letter

Mss 789560
Identifier: Mss 789560
Overview In English.

Alexander Hamilton letter

Mss 791118
Identifier: Mss 791118
Scope and Contents Letter from Alexander Hamilton in Philadelphia to J. Wheelock sending his thanks for the degree of LL.D given him.