Alexander Hamilton

analytical Essay
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787 words

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was a great man that will be remembered for being a great major general of the armed forces of the United States of America. As well as the secretary of the treasury. In 1769, at twelve years old he had a job as a clerk in a general store and Alexander dreaded spending the rest of his life there. He wanted something more for his future. He wished for a war to occur. He wanted to prove himself to be more worthy then a clerk. To his thinking, only some brilliant and heroic act on the battle field would give me a chance to achieve his hopes. He seemed to be doomed to a life of clerking. For one thing, he was at the bottom of a social ladder. His parents, who never married, separated when Hamilton was nine, and his mother was forced to support her two sons by running a grocery from one of the rooms in their tiny home. When she died two years later, the boys were all alone. There was not even a cousin who could afford to take them in.

Hamilton's future was also limited by lack of education. Fortunately though, he had one great gift that could overcome all his disadvantages that was his genius. He got involved with a well to do merchant named Nicolas Cruger and earned his room and board as he learned the grocery business. He also learned how to bargain, how to figure foreign exchange rates, and how to evade the hundred of customs regulations.

He also put his spare time to good use. When not at his desk, he wrote sentimental love poems and political essays. Many of these were published in the island newspaper. Hamilton published one of his letters, that captured a description of a storm that he witnessed. The editor of the newspaper Royal-Danish-American Gazette was impressed and not long aft...

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...for when he was twelve was there for him at eighteen, and he embraced it eagerly. As a boy he had wanted to fight only to improve his luck in life. As a young man, however, Hamilton had more then a personal glory on his mind. He now wanted to free America from the tyranny of the British government. Hamilton's war began in New York in August 1775 when the heart's of oak captured the British cannon from the fort on Manhattan's southern tip and brought them to the American camp farther north. Despite the cover of silence and darkness, the British new what happened. They were not about to let a group of young rebels steal their guns. From a warship in the harbor they bombed the Americans.

The panic and confusion of his fellow New Yorker's did not stop Hamilton. He calmly pulled his gun to American ground, and then returned to the fort to get another. Soon after thi

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that alexander hamilton was a great general and secretary of the treasury. he dreaded spending the rest of his life in the general store.
  • Explains that hamilton's future was limited by lack of education, but he had one great gift that could overcome all his disadvantages: his genius. he got involved with a well to do merchant named nicolas cruger and earned his room and board.
  • Analyzes how hamilton used his spare time to write sentimental love poems and political essays, which were published in the island newspaper. the editor of the royal-danish-american gazette was impressed and hamilton went to north america to attend college.
  • Explains that hamilton's island education was not enough to earn him a place at an american college. he needed at least one year to study latin, greek, and mathematics to enter harvard, yale, or princeton.
  • Describes how hamilton's extra education proved no problem for him. he arrived in new york with letters of introduction to prominent citizens from cruger, who introduced him to their friends and associates.
  • Narrates how hamilton worked hard at his studies and ferried back across the hudson to king's college, where he wanted to become a doctor. he was fascinated by politics and economics.
  • Explains how hamilton's politics and debate became more important than medicine or mathematics. the north american colonies were angry about the way the british parliament made up new taxes for them to pay.
  • Analyzes how hamilton, a british citizen by birth, was converted to the patriot cause by his new american friends and the reading he had done.
  • Explains that hamilton did more than make speeches and write pamphlets for the colonies cause. he joined a militia company and practiced marching in the local churchyard.
  • Narrates how hamilton embraced the war he had wished for at the age of twelve. he wanted to free america from the tyranny of the british government.
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