Secretary of Treasury, under George Washington. His ideas
about government were at the heart of the republican form of
government we now have, and his economic theories form the
basis of our economy still. Along with James Madison and
John Jay, he wrote The Federalist Papers, letters to New
York newspapers designed to convince the people in that
state to ratify the Constitution. He was a leader of the new
Federalist Party, along with John Adams. His politics
brought him into conflict with Thomas Jefferson, who was a
leader of the new Democratic-Republican Party. Hamilton was
killed in a duel with Aaron Burr.
The Life and Legacy of Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton, known as America's first Secretary of the Treasury, is arguably one of the people most responsible for both the Constitution and the economic framework of the U.S. Government. Born in obscurity, he enjoyed a meteoric rise to stardom and then suffered an equally surprising death. In between, he gained for himself recognition far beyond his years.
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Find out more about how Hamilton shaped the new nation.
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Read for yourself how Hamilton persuaded New Yorkers to
accept the Constitution.
Why did Hamilton duel with Aaron Burr? Did he really have
to? Find the answers to these questions and more.
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