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Alexander Hamilton: The Creator Of The Constitution

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When one thinks of the Founding Fathers - the creators of the Constitution - they might think of Alexander Hamilton, and for good reason. He was famous for leading a life of tremendous tenacity and he never spared any expense, his pride or others, when it came to fulling his ambitions. His perseverance is even more admirable when one takes into account his destitute early childhood to his world-renowned fame of his later years.Alexander Hamilton was born from wedlock between a Scottish trader and a married woman on January 11, 1755 or 1757 (the exact year is unknown) in the British West Indies (Biography). After being released from jail, Alexander’s mother, Rachel Fawcett Lavien, fled from her abusive first husband – who put her in prison …show more content…

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  • Explains that alexander hamilton was famous for his tenacity and perseverance. his mother, rachel fawcett lavien, fled from her abusive first husband to st. croix, where he worked as an accountant clerk.
  • Explains how alexander hamilton enrolled in king's college in 1775 to fight in the revolutionary war. he passed the bar test after one year of self-study instead of three years of apprenticeship.
  • Explains how hamilton was a leading force for getting the constitution ratified. he argued that the union would crumble if they stayed with the articles.
  • Opines that hamilton was one of america's founding fathers, even though he had little to do with writing the constitution.
  • Opines that if alexander hamilton was a politician in today's world, he could've rocked the whole world with his brilliant proposals that would make all the other politicians' heads spin.

Hamilton, famous for arguing, didn’t actually like the Constitution, but he knew that the Union would crumble if they stayed with the Articles, so he was a leading force for getting the Constitution ratified. He, James Madison, and John Jay wrote a series of essays called The Federalists that explained and defended the Constitution for the common people to understand. Hamilton himself wrote fifty-one of the eighty-five essays (Biography). When the New York Ratification Convention met in 1788 to discuss ratification, two-thirds of the delegates there didn’t want the Constitution to be ratified, but Alexander Hamilton strongly defended the worth of the Constitution from the Anti-Federalists (Biography). As a result, New York became the eleventh state to ratify the Constitution (Ben’s Guide). After the Constitution was fully accepted by all of the states and George Washington was elected President, he appointed Hamilton to be the Secretary of the Treasury. As Secretary, Hamilton tried everything he could to make economic policies that would stabilize and strengthen the Central Government. He proposed fiscal policies that would begin the payments for war bonds, that the government take control of the states’ debts, proposed a plan to institute a federal system for tax collection, and even created a plan for the United States to establish credit with other countries. Many Loyalists were infuriated with Hamilton’s proposals, but eventually, the Loyalists and Hamilton came to a compromise. Hamilton agreed to let the Capital of the United States be near the Potomac and James Madison (the representative of the Loyalists) agreed to stop blocking policies from going through Congress and let the Central Government gain more power than the individual states. In 1795, Hamilton stepped down from his position of Secretary, leaving a much more stable Federal

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