Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton was a political scientist ,government official, economist, and lawyer, from 1755-1804. Alexander Hamilton once said, “May God give you wisdom to see what is your true interest, and inspire you with becoming zeal for the cause of virtue and mankind.”(Alexander Hamilton) Alexander Hamilton was a strong-willed individual, because he overcame so many instances of adversity. Alexander Hamilton was born into a poor family that did not have many chances, but he did become a well-educated man, that played a large role in what the United States of America is today and he was able to overcome his poor childhood. Hamilton participated in the Revolutionary War, the writing of the U.S. Constitution, electing the first president, solving an America debt crisis, and a numerous amount of other things that shaped the future of a young nation. Alexander Hamilton 's story is inspiring to American 's today, and because of Hamilton’s experiences with being a military aid, it was a benefit to him later in his life, and America, he played a significant role in amending the Articles of Confederation, and he also was the most influential Secretary of Treasury.
“…the British were impressing American seaman to help fight the war against Napoleon”. They had been helping the Indians by giving them weapons and helping them “attack the frontier”, they hadn’t left our property and fort... ... middle of paper ... ...d understanding.” (11). Remini’s words paint a picture for me of a man with a kind and gentle heart filled with compassion and also a strict leader who had what it took to do whatever he could for the respect that his country deserved. These great qualities are what led Andrew Jackson to become president. The Battle of New Orleans: Andrew Jackson and America’s First Military Victory was a book with lots of tedious details and exciting battles.
The book tells about the hardships that America had to go through to gain its’ independence. McDowell goes into detail about a great many battles and skirmishes, and allows the reader to really get a sense of what happened. This book breaks the entire war down so that each step of the war is more understandable and interesting. I found that it was easier to commit to memory as well. One of my favorite facts about the book was when the soldier said that America had won the war without winning a single battle.
As president, Washington appointed, among others, two influential political leaders to his original cabinet; Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Jefferson, a veteran politician became the Secretary of State and Hamiliton, a young, outspoken New Yorker lawyer, became the Secretary of the Treasury (Ferling, 1992). Jefferson, like Adams, had also signed the Declaration of Independence. Hamilton, however, was the only cabinet member relatively unknown to Adams (Ferling, 1992). It was Hamilton, nonetheless, who excelled during this new administration by initiating numerous, innovative, and often controversial programs, many of which were quite successful.
Benjamin Franklin was a renowned politician, but also was well known for his inventions. He very successful on a political scale as he served as the first ambassador for the United States during the Revolutionary War to France. Franklin is also credited with saving the Colonist Army from failure by luring the French Navy into the war. The action ultimately saved the Colonist forces. However, at the time not only was Franklin concerned with politics but he had very many inventions that he was interested in furthering.
(page 147) Jefferson was also a substantial leader in the American Revolution. (page 26-47) Thomas Jefferson had huge confidence in himself and knew that America was destined for great things and that he had to do his part in helping the country to become a great nation. My perception has changed substantially since I began reading Thomas Jefferson. When I started the book all I knew was that Thomas Jefferson had been a former president and that he had wrote the Declaration of Independence. After having read this book, I now have more insight into Thomas Jefferson and the American history.
Because Lewis is the main focus in the biography, the reader gets to know him on a very personal level. You get a good idea of how mentally and physically challenging the trip was to him. Since I have a preference of European history over American history I was fairly satisfied after putting it down. With a renewed perspective on our country and the effort made by the Founding Fathers to lay down a plan for the future of America which we are indulging in as we speak. Its books like this that reminds me why I would like to be a historian someday.
This is through telling the reader that the founders won the war through luck, intellect and perseverance. He also tells of how the US is the longest surviving republic in the world. He also tells of how the revolutionary war was in different perspectives. An example was some of the founders thought America can unify and become an economic power while others just wanted to secede from England. He then talks about 1787 and how the American Constitution was made and then about how George Washington formed a new country under his leadership.
Throughout his time in the Revolutionary War, Hamilton assisted fighting in a numerous number of battles. Battles such as White Plains, Trenton, and Long Island. In 1777, two years after the war began, Alexander Hamilton was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the Continental Army because of his courageousness and diligence in the battles of Germantown, Princeton, and Brandywine Creek. During his service in the battle for American Independence, Hamilton caught the attention of General George Washington, who later made him his most trusted advisor. Although this role had no part in major military decisions, Hamilton’s new position was one of great responsibility.
Washington, “filled with greater anxieties” (Oakes 230) was unsure that a democratic government could even work. While the Congress approved official advisors to the president, Washington turned to his close friends and to the political clout of the large states. He appointed Thomas Jefferson as the secretary of state, and Alexander Hamilton as the secretary of the treasury. Washington was a man who wanted to establish a successful country, knowing that his ideas needed to be supported and overviewed with different points of view from his cabinet advisors, two parties developed by the end of his second presidential term. Though the policy-making powers that he felt the Constitution gave Congress “did not infringe on him, the determination of foreign policy became preponderantly a Presidential concern” (www.whitehouse.gov).