Alexander Hamilton

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Arrogant, ambitious, bastard, cheat. These are words that describe one of the “New York Founding Fathers”. “Who?” one may ask? Alexander Hamilton, the “New York Founding Father” that wrote the majority of the Federalist Papers. Lin-Manuel Miranda put his own hip hop twist and life-influences to elaborate more on the life of Alexander in the Broadway musical Hamilton: An American Musical. Not only did Miranda believe that Hamilton was such an inspiration, based on the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, but he was a historical figure that not everybody talks about, although he is on the ten dollar bill. He was George Washington’s right-hand man and was involved in the Battle of Yorktown and the Battle of Monmouth. Some would say that he’s…show more content…
His father left when he was 10 years old and he grew up with his mother that was, what one may say, a whore. Two years after, he and his mother were bed-ridden, half dead. Although Alexander eventually got better, his mother didn’t. He then moved in with his cousin that eventually committed suicide. Alexander believed that trading sugarcane and rum and working for his mother’s landlord would help him get some money. He had always dreamt of being a leader, so he became in charge of a trading charter. Hamilton had attended several schools before enrolling into King’s College, now called Colombia. At age 16, Hamilton eventually left the West Indies and moved to the United States to go to college. Hamilton met up with Aaron Burr, the former vice president to Thomas Jefferson. Retrieved June 5, 2017, from http://www.ushistory.org/). Little did Burr know that he would be backstabbed. Hamilton later the joined the New York militia to fight in the American Revolution, but ended up as an artillery captain in 1776 (US History. (n.d.). Retrieved June 5, 2017, from http://www.ushistory.org/). He later was moved into a higher position; George Washington’s “right-hand man”. With Hamilton at his side, George Washington led the blue coats to fight against the redcoats in the Battle of Yorktown and won by yielding…show more content…
Other than working with the Vice President and President George Washington, Hamilton worked with other “unknown” founding fathers such as John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, Philip Schuyler, Marquis de Lafayette, James Madison, and former president, Thomas Jefferson. After the war, Hamilton and Burr came back to New York to practice law. After he came back, Hamilton corrected justice and proposed his own form of government, which will be later called the United States Constitution. Alexander was chosen for the Constitutional Convention and joined forces with John Jay and James Madison to write a series of essays defending the new U.S. Constitution entitled the Federalist Papers. Instead of writing 25essays, the three men wrote 85 in total: John Jay got sick after writing 5, Madison wrote 29, and Hamilton wrote the other 51. He later becomes the Secretary of the Treasury to George Washington and made a plan to assume state debt and tried to establish a national
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