Alexander Hamilton: The Federalist Paper: Alexander Hamilton

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Who is Alexander Hamilton you say? Alexander Hamilton is the dude on the ten dollar bill. Before you ask, no; Alexander Hamilton was never the president of the United States. Who was he? Alexander Hamilton, a forgotten orphan, immigrant, who wrote his way through early American history, fought to protect his legacy and simultaneously changed the world as we know it. Born and raised in the West Indies, Hamilton lived an unfortunate childhood. At the age of ten, his father, James A. Hamilton, abandoned Alexander and his family in St. Croix. The reason for James A. Hamilton’s departure is unknown. Although, Alexander believed that his father was no longer able to support his family. Two years later, Hamilton’s mother, Rachel Faucette and Alexander…show more content…
These essays are known as The Federalist Papers. The original plan among the three men was to create a total of twenty five essays, evenly divided between them. Over six months, John Jay got sick after writing five. James Madison wrote twenty-nine. Alexander wrote the final fifty-one. Once all of the eighty five essays were completely published, the Constitution was soon ratified among the states. George Washington was then chosen to be the first leader of the new nation. Washington soon later appointed Alexander as his Secretary of the Treasury. “In all probability, Alexander Hamilton is the foremost political figure in American history who never attained the presidency, yet he probably had a much deeper and more lasting impact than many who did.” (Chernow, Pg. 4) During his time in power, Alexander worked to create many vital branches in today’s work force. As Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander established the New York Post Newspaper. He also created the United States Coast Guard. Most importantly, Alexander created America’s financial system by establishing our nation’s first national…show more content…
On August 25, 1797, in order to protect his honor, Alexander published the Reynolds Pamphlet. The pamphlet spilled an ocean of truth. Alexander admitted to cheating on his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler, by having a long term affair with twenty-three year old, Maria Reynolds. As a result, Alexander lost his chances of ever becoming president. Additionally, he lost his political status. This was not the only time Alexander acted carelessly to protect his personal honor and opinions. In the presidential election of 1800, Alexander decided to endorse his political enemy, Thomas Jefferson, to prevent Aaron Burr from winning. Alexander believed that although Jefferson’s beliefs didn’t quite agree with his, at least he had beliefs. Unlike Aaron Burr, an opportunist, who didn’t have any. Infuriated by Alexander’s claims, Aaron Burr tried to create a compromise with Alexander, which evidently failed. As a result, the two men met on July 11, 1804, early in the morning at Weehawken, New Jersey to settle their conflict with a duel. The two men face-to-face, held pistols at one another. All at once, Alexander threw away his shot and fired into the air. Meanwhile, Burr shot at Hamilton’s side, causing injury that killed him the next day. “Burr is said to have remarked, ‘Had I read Sterne more and Voltaire less, I should have known the world was wide enough for Hamilton

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