Constitutional Convention and ratification of the Constitution
In 1787, Hamilton served as assemblyman from "New York County in the "New York State Legislature and was chosen as a delegate for the "Constitutional Convention by his father-in-law Philip Schuyler.:191 Even though Hamilton had been a leader in calling for a new Constitutional Convention, his direct influence at the Convention itself was quite limited. Governor "George Clinton's faction in the New York legislature had chosen New York's other two delegates, "John Lansing, Jr. and "Robert Yates, and both of them opposed Hamilton's goal of a strong national government.:227–28 Thus, whenever the other two members of the New York delegation were present, they decided New York's vote, to ensure that there were no major alterations to the Articles of Confederation.:195
Early in the Convention he made a speech proposing a President-for-Life; it had no effect upon the deliberations of the convention. "He proposed to have an elected President and elected "Senators who would serve for life, contingent upon "good behavior" and subject to removal for corruption or abuse; this idea contributed later to the hostile view of Hamilton as a monarchist sympathizer, held by "James Madison.:232 According to Madison's notes, Hamilton said in regards to the executive, "The English model was the only good one on this subject. The hereditary interest of the king was so interwoven with that of the nation, and his personal emoluments so great, that he was placed above the danger of being corrupted from abroad…Let one executive be appointed for life who dares execute his powers." Hamilton argued, "And let me observe that an executive is less dangerous to the liberties of the people when in office during life than for seven years. It may be said this constitutes as an elective monarchy…But by making the executive subject to impeachment, the term 'monarchy' cannot apply…" During the convention, Hamilton constructed a draft for the Constitution based on the convention debates, but he never presented it. This draft had most of the features of the actual Constitution. In this draft, the Senate was to be elected in proportion to the population, being two-fifths the size of the House, and the President and Senators were to be elected through complex multistage elections, in which chosen electors would elect smaller bodies of electors; they would hold office for life, but were removable for misconduct. The President would have an absolute veto. The "Supreme Court was to have immediate jurisdiction over all "lawsuits involving the United States, and state governors were to be appointed by the federal government.
At the end of the Convention, Hamilton was still not content with the final Constitution, but signed it anyway as a vast improvement over the Articles of Confederation, and urged his fellow delegates to do so also. Since the other two members of the New York delegation, Lansing and Yates, had already withdrawn, Hamilton was the only New York signer to the United States Constitution.:206 He then took a highly active part in the successful campaign for the document's ratification in New York in 1788, which was a crucial step in its national ratification. He first used the popularity of the Constitution by the masses to compel George Clinton to sign, but was unsuccessful. The state convention in Poughkeepsie in June 1788 pitted Hamilton, Jay, "James Duane, "Robert Livingston, and "Richard Morris against the Clintonian faction led by "Melancton Smith, Lansing, Yates, and "Gilbert Livingston. Hamilton's faction were against any conditional ratification, under the impression that New York would not be accepted into the Union, while Clinton's faction wanted to amend the Constitution, while maintaining the state's right to secede if their attempts failed. During the state convention, New Hampshire and Virginia becoming the ninth and tenth states to ratify the Constitution, respectively, had ensured any adjournment would not happen and a compromise would have to be reached. Hamilton's arguments used for the ratifications were largely iterations of work from The Federalist Papers, and Smith eventually went for ratification, though it was more out of necessity than Hamilton's rhetoric. The vote in the state constitution was ratified 30 to 27, on July 26, 1788.
In 1788, Hamilton served yet another term in what proved to be the last session of the "Continental Congress under the "Articles of Confederation. When the term of Philip Schuyler was up in 1791, elected in his place was the attorney general of New York, one "Aaron Burr. Hamilton blamed Burr for this result, and ill characterizations of Burr appear in his correspondence thereafter. The two men did work together from time to time thereafter on various projects, including Hamilton's army of 1798 and the "Manhattan Water Company.
The Federalist Papers
Hamilton recruited John Jay and James Madison to write a series of essays defending the proposed Constitution, now known as "The Federalist Papers, and made the largest contribution to that effort, writing 51 of 85 essays published (Madison wrote 29, Jay only five). Hamilton supervised the entire project, enlisted the participants, wrote the majority of the essays, and oversaw the publication. During the project each person was responsible for their areas of expertise; Jay covered foreign relations, Madison covered the history of republics and confederacies, along with the anatomy of the new government and Hamilton covered the branches of government most pertinent to him: the executive and judicial branches, with some aspects of the Senate, as well as covering military matters and taxation:247–48 The papers first appeared in "The Independent Journal on October 27, 1787.:247
Hamilton wrote the first paper signed as "Publius, and all of the subsequent papers were signed under the name.:210 Jay wrote the next four papers to elaborate on the confederation's weakness and the need for unity against foreign aggression and against splitting into rival confederacies, and, except for Number 64, was not further involved.:253:211 Hamilton's highlights included discussion that although republics have been culpable for disorders in the past, advances in the "science of politics" had fostered principles that ensured that those abuses could be prevented, such as the division of powers, legislative checks and balances, an independent judiciary, and legislators that were represented by electors (Numbers 7–9).:254 Hamilton also wrote an extensive defense of the constitution (No. 23–36), and discussed the Senate and executive and judicial branches in Numbers 65–85. Hamilton and Madison worked to describe the anarchic state of the confederation in numbers 15–22, and have been described as not being entirely different in thought during this time period in contrast to their stark opposition later in life.:252–55 Subtle differences appeared with the two when discussing the necessity of standing armies:257
Reconciliation between New York and Vermont
In 1764 King George III had ruled in favor of New York in a dispute between New York and New Hampshire over the region that later became the state of "Vermont. New York then refused to recognize claims to property derived from grants by New Hampshire governor "Benning Wentworth during the preceding 15 years when the territory had been governed as a de facto part of New Hampshire. Consequently, the people of the disputed territory, called the "New Hampshire Grants, resisted the enforcement of New York's laws within the Grants. Indeed, "Ethan Allen's militia called the "Green Mountain Boys, noted for successes in the war against the British in 1775, was originally formed for the purpose of resisting the colonial government of New York. In 1777 the statesmen of the Grants declared it a "separate state to be called Vermont, and by early 1778 had erected a state government. During 1777–1785, Vermont was repeatedly denied representation in the Continental Congress, largely because New York insisted that Vermont was legally a part of New York. Vermont took the position that because its petitions for "admission to the Union were denied, it was not a part of the United States, not subject to Congress, and at liberty to negotiate separately with the British. The latter "Haldimand negotiations led to some exchanges of prisoners of war. The peace treaty of 1783 that ended the war included Vermont within the boundaries of the United States. On March 2, 1784, Governor George Clinton of New York asked Congress to declare war for the purpose of overthrowing the government of Vermont, but Congress made no decision.
By 1787 the government of New York had almost entirely given up plans to subjugate Vermont, but still claimed jurisdiction. As a member of the legislature of New York, Hamilton argued forcefully and at length in favor of a bill to recognize the sovereignty of the State of Vermont, against numerous objections to its constitutionality and policy. Consideration of the bill was deferred to a later date. In 1787 through 1789 Hamilton exchange letters with "Nathaniel Chipman, a lawyer representing Vermont. In 1788 the new Constitution of the United States went into effect, with its plan to replace the unicameral Continental Congress with a new Congress consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives. Hamilton wrote:
One of the first subjects of deliberation with the new Congress will be the independence of Kentucky [at that time still a part of Virginia], for which the southern states will be anxious. The northern will be glad to find a counterpoise in Vermont.
In 1790 the New York legislature decided to give up New York's claim to Vermont if Congress decided to admit Vermont to the Union and if negotiations between New York and Vermont on the boundary between the two states were successfully concluded. In 1790, negotiators discussed not only boundary, but also financial compensation of New York land-grantees whose grants Vermont refused to recognize because they conflicted with earlier grants from New Hampshire. Compensation in the amount of 30,000 Spanish dollars was agreed to, and Vermont was admitted to the Union in 1791.
Secretary of the Treasury
President George Washington appointed Hamilton as the first "United States Secretary of the Treasury on September 11, 1789. He left office on the last day of January 1795. Much of the structure of the government of the United States was worked out in those five years, beginning with the structure and function of the cabinet itself. Biographer "Forrest McDonald argues that Hamilton saw his office, like that of the British "First Lord of the Treasury, as the equivalent of a Prime Minister; Hamilton would oversee his colleagues under the elective reign of George Washington. Washington did request Hamilton's advice and assistance on matters outside the purview of the "Treasury Department. In 1791, while Secretary, Hamilton was elected a Fellow of the "American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Hamilton submitted various financial reports to Congress. Among these are the "First Report on the Public Credit, "Operations of the Act Laying Duties on Imports, "Report on a National Bank, On the Establishment of a Mint, "Report on Manufactures, and the Report on a Plan for the Further Support of Public Credit. So, the great enterprise in Hamilton's project of an administrative republic is the establishment of stability.
Report on Public Credit
Before the adjournment of the House in September 1789, they requested Hamilton to make a report on suggestions to improve the public credit by January 1790. Hamilton had written to Robert Morris as early as 1781 that fixing the public credit will win their objective of independence. The sources that Hamilton used ranged from Frenchmen such as "Jacques Necker and "Montesquieu to British writers such as "Hume, "Hobbes, and "Malachy Postlethwayt.:296 While writing the report he also sought out suggestions from contemporaries such as "John Knox Witherspoon, and Madison. Although they agreed on additional taxes such as distilleries and duties on imported liquors and land taxes, Madison feared that the securities from the government debt would fall in foreign hands.:121:244–45
In the report, Hamilton felt that the securities should be paid at full value to their legitimate owners, including those who took the financial risk of buying government bonds that most experts thought would never be redeemed. He argued that liberty and property security were inseparable and that the government should honor the contracts, as they formed the basis of public and private morality. To Hamilton, the proper handling of the government debt would also allow America to borrow at affordable interest rates and would also be a stimulant to the economy.:297
Hamilton divided the debt into national and state, and further divided the national debt into foreign and domestic debt. While there was agreement on how to handle the foreign debt (especially with France), there was not with regards to the national debt held by domestic creditors. During the Revolutionary War, affluent citizens had invested in bonds, and war veterans had been paid with "promissory notes and "IOUs that plummeted in price during the Confederation. In response, the war veterans sold the securities to speculators for as little as fifteen to twenty cents on the dollar.:297–98
Hamilton felt the money from the bonds should not go to the soldiers, but the speculators that had bought the bonds from the soldiers, who had shown little faith in the country's future. The process of attempting to track down the original bond holders along with the government showing discrimination among the classes of holders if the war veterans were to be compensated also weighed in as factors for Hamilton. As for the state debts, Hamilton suggested to consolidate it with the national debt and label it as federal debt, for the sake of efficiency on a national scale.:298–99
The last portion of the report dealt with eliminating the debt by utilizing a "sinking fund that would retire five percent of the debt annually until it was paid off. Due to the bonds being traded well below their face value, the purchases would benefit the government as the securities rose in price.:300
When the report was submitted to the House of Representatives, detractors soon began to speak against it. The notion of programs that resembled British practice were wicked along with the power of balance being shifted away from the Representatives to the executive branch were some of the prejudices that resided within the House. "William Maclay suspected that several congressmen were involved in government securities, saw Congress in an unholy league with New York speculators.:302 Congressman "James Jackson also spoke against New York, with allegations of speculators attempting to swindle those who had not yet heard about Hamilton's report.:303
The involvement of those in Hamilton's circle such as Schuyler, William Duer, James Duane, Gouverneur Morris, and "Rufus King as speculators was not favorable to those against the report, either, though Hamilton personally did not own or deal a share in the debt.:304:250 Madison eventually spoke against it by February 1790. Although he was not against current holders of government debt to profit, he wanted the windfall to go to the original holders. Madison did not feel that the original holders had lost faith in the government, but sold their securities out of desperation.:305 The compromise was seen as egregious to both Hamiltonians and their dissidents such as Maclay, and Madison's vote was defeated 36 votes to 13 on February 22.:305:255
The fight for the national government to assume state debt was a longer issue, and lasted over four months. During the period, the resources that Hamilton was to apply to the payment of state debts was requested by "Alexander White, and was rejected due to Hamilton's not being able to prepare information by March 3, and was even postponed by his own supporters in spite of configuring a report the next day (which consisted of a series of additional duties to meet the interest on the state debts).:297–98
Some of the other issues involving Hamilton were bypassing the rising issue of "slavery in Congress after "Quakers petitioned for its abolition (though he returned to the issue the following year),:307 having Duer resign as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and the vote of assumption being voted down 31 votes to 29 on April 12.:258–59
The temporary location of the capital from New York City also played a role, as "Tench Coxe was sent to speak to Maclay to bargain about the capital being temporarily located to Philadelphia, as a single vote in the Senate was needed and five in the House for the bill to pass.:263 [note 2] The bill passed in the Senate on July 21 and in the House 34 votes to 28 on July 26, 1790.:263
Report on a National Bank
Hamilton's Report on a National Bank was a projection from the first Report on the Public Credit. Although Hamilton had been forming ideas of a national bank as early as 1779,:268 he gathered ideas in various ways over the past eleven years. These included theories from Adam Smith, extensive studies on the "Bank of England, the blunders of the "Bank of North America and his experience in establishing the Bank of New York. He also used American records from "James Wilson, Pelatiah Webster, "Gouverneur Morris, and from his assistant Treasury secretary Tench Coxe.
Hamilton suggested that Congress should charter the "National Bank with a capitalization of $10 million, one-fifth of which would be handled by the Government. Since the Government did not have the money, it would borrow the money from the bank itself, and repay the loan in ten even annual installments.:194 The rest was to be available to individual investors. The bank was to be governed by a twenty-five member board of directors that was to represent a large majority of the private shareholders, which Hamilton considered essential for his being under a private direction.:268 Hamilton's bank model had many similarities to that of the Bank of England, except Hamilton wanted to exclude the Government from being involved in "public debt, but provide a large, firm, and elastic money supply for the functioning of normal businesses and usual economic development, among other differences.:194–95 For tax revenue to ignite the bank, it was the same as he had previously proposed; increases on imported spirits: rum, liquor, and whiskey.:195–96
The bill passed through the Senate practically without a problem, but objections of the proposal increased by the time it reached the House of Representatives. It was generally held by critics that Hamilton was serving the interests of the Northeast by means of the bank, and those of the agrarian lifestyle would not benefit from it.:270 Among those critics was James Jackson of Georgia, who also attempted to refute the report by quoting from The Federalist Papers.:270 Madison and Jefferson also opposed the bank bill; however, the potential of the capital not being moved to the Potomac if the bank was to have a firm establishment in Philadelphia (the current capital of the United States) was a more significant reason, and actions that Pennsylvania members of Congress took to keep the capital there made both men anxious.:199–200 Madison warned the Pennsylvania congress members that he would attack the bill as unconstitutional in the House, and followed up on his threat.:200 Madison argued his case of where the power of a bank could be established within the Constitution, but he failed to sway members of the House, and his authority on the constitution was questioned by a few members.:200–01 The bill eventually passed in an overwhelming fashion 39 to 20, on February 8, 1791.:271
Washington hesitated to sign the bill, as he received suggestions from Attorney-General "Edmund Randolph and Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson dismissed the 'necessary and proper' clause as reasoning for the creation of a national bank, stating that the enumerated powers "can all be carried into execution without a bank.":271–72 Along with Randolph and Jefferson's objections, Washington's involvement in the movement of the capital from Philadelphia is also thought to be a reason for his hesitation.:202–03 In response to the objection of the 'necessary and proper' clause, Hamilton stated that "Necessary often means no more than needful, requisite, incidental, useful, or conductive to", and the bank was a "convenient species of medium in which they (taxes) are to be paid.":272–73 Washington would eventually sign the bill into law.:272–73
Establishing the U.S. Mint
In 1791, Hamilton submitted Report on the Establishment of a "Mint to the House of Representatives. Most of Hamilton's ideas for this report were from European economists, resolutions from Continental Congress meetings from 1785 and 1786, and from people such as Gouverneur Morris and Thomas Jefferson.:197 Due to the "Spanish coin being the most circulated coin in the United States at the time, Alexander Hamilton proposed that the minting of the "United States dollar weighing almost as much as the Spanish peso would be the simplest way to introduce a national currency. Hamilton wanted the U.S. dollar system to be set for decimals rather than the eights like the Spanish mint. In spite of preferring a monometallic "gold standard, he issued a "bimetallic currency at ratio that was to be similar to most European countries.:197 What was different from the European currencies was his desire to overprice the gold on the grounds that the United States would always receive an influx of silver from the West Indies.:197 Hamilton desired the minting of small value coins such as silver ten-cent and copper cent and half-cent pieces, for reducing the cost of living for the poor.:198 One of his main objectives was for the general public to become accustomed to handling money on a frequent basis.:198
By 1792, Hamilton's principles were adopted by Congress, resulting in the "Coinage Act of 1792, and the creation of the "United States Mint. There was to be a ten-dollar Gold Eagle coin, a silver dollar, and fractional money ranging from one-half to fifty cents. The coining of silver and gold was issued by 1795.
Revenue Cutter Service
Smuggling off American coasts was an issue before the Revolutionary War, and after the Revolution it was more problematic. Along with smuggling, lack of shipping control, pirating, and a revenue unbalance were also major problems. In response, Hamilton proposed to Congress to enact a naval police force called "revenue cutters in order to patrol the waters and assist the custom collectors with confiscating contraband.:340 This idea was also proposed to assist in tariff controlling, boosting the American economy, and promote the merchant marine. It is thought that his experience obtained during his apprenticeship with Nicholas Kruger was influential in his decision-making.:32
Concerning some of the details of the "System of Cutters", [note 3] Hamilton wanted the first ten "cutters in different areas in the United States, from New England to Georgia.:340 Each of those cutters was to be armed with ten muskets and bayonets, twenty pistols, two chisels, one broad-ax and two lanterns; the fabric of the sails was to be domestically manufactured;:340 and provisions were made for the employees' food supply and etiquette when boarding ships.:340 Congress established the Revenue Cutter Service on August 4, 1790, which is viewed as the birth of the "United States Coast Guard.
Whiskey as tax revenue
One of the principal sources of revenue Hamilton prevailed upon Congress to approve was an "excise tax on "whiskey. In his first Tariff Bill in January 1790, Hamilton proposed to raise the three million dollars needed to pay for government operating expenses and interest on domestic and foreign debts by means of an increase on duties on imported wines, distilled spirits, tea, coffee, and domestic spirits. It failed, with Congress complying with most recommendations excluding the excise tax on Whiskey (Madison's tariff of the same year was a modification of Hamilton's that involved only imported duties and was passed in September).
In response of diversifying revenues, as three-fourths of revenue gathered was from commerce with Great Britain, Hamilton attempted once again during his Report on Public Credit when presenting it in 1790 to implement an excise tax both imported and domestic spirits.:342 The taxation rate was graduated in proportion to the whiskey proof, and Hamilton intended to equalize the tax burden on imported spirits with imported and domestic liquor. In lieu of the excise on production citizens could pay 60 cents by the gallon of dispensing capacity, along with an exemption on small stills used exclusively for domestic consumption. He realized the loathing that the tax would receive in rural areas, but thought of the taxing of spirits more reasonable than land taxes.:342
Opposition initially came from Pennsylvania's House of Representatives protesting the tax. William Maclay had noted that not even the Pennsylvanian legislators had been able to enforce excise taxes in the western regions of the state.:342–43 Hamilton was aware of the potential difficulties and proposed inspectors the ability to search buildings that distillers were designated to store their spirits, and would be able to search suspected illegal storage facilities to confiscate contraband with a warrant. Although the inspectors were not allowed to search houses and warehouses, they were to visit twice a day and file weekly reports in extensive detail.:343 Hamilton cautioned against expedited judicial means, and favored a jury trial with potential offenders. As soon as 1791 locals began to shun or threaten inspectors, as they felt the inspection methods were intrusive.:343 Inspectors were also "tarred and feathered, blindfolded, and whipped. Hamilton had attempted to appease the opposition with lowered tax rates, but it did not suffice.:468
Strong opposition to the whiskey tax by "cottage producers in remote, rural regions erupted into the "Whiskey Rebellion in 1794; in "Western Pennsylvania and western "Virginia, whiskey was the basic export product and was fundamental to the local economy. In response to the rebellion, believing compliance with the laws was vital to the establishment of federal authority, Hamilton accompanied to the rebellion's site President Washington, General "Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, and more federal troops than were ever assembled in one place during the Revolution. This overwhelming display of force intimidated the leaders of the insurrection, ending the rebellion virtually without bloodshed.
Manufacturing and industry
Hamilton's next report was his Report on Manufactures. Although he was requested by Congress on January 15, 1790 for a report for manufacturing that would expand the United States' independence, the report was not submitted until December 5, 1791.:274, 277 In the report, Hamilton quoted from Wealth of Nations and used the French "physiocrats as an example for rejecting "agrarianism and the physiocratic theory; respectively.:233 Hamilton also refuted Smith's ideas of government noninterference, as it would have been detrimental for trade with other countries.:244 Hamilton also thought of the United States being a primarily agrarian country would be at a disadvantage in dealing with Europe. In response to the agrarian detractors, Hamilton stated that the agriculturists' interest would be advanced by manufactures,:276 and that agriculture was just as productive as manufacturing.:233:276
Among the ways that the government could assist in manufacturing, Hamilton mentioned levying protective duties on imported foreign goods that were also manufactured in the United States, to withdraw duties levied on raw materials needed for domestic manufacturing,:277 pecuniary boundaries,:277 and encouraging immigration for people to better themselves in similar employment opportunities. Congress shelved the report without much debate (except for Madison's objection to Hamilton's formulation of the "General Welfare clause, which Hamilton construed liberally as a legal basis for his extensive programs).
Subsequently, in 1791, with his ideas for manufacturing being a major influence, Hamilton, along with Coxe and several entrepreneurs from New York and Philadelphia helped form the "Society for the Establishment of Useful Manufactures, a private industrial corporation. The location at "Great Falls of the Passaic River in New Jersey was selected due to access to raw materials, it being densely inhabited, and having access to water power from the falls of the Passaic.:231 The factory town was named Paterson after New Jersey's Governor "William Paterson, who signed the charter.:232 The profits were to derive from specific corporates rather than the benefits to be conferred to the nation and the citizens, which was unlike the report. Hamilton also suggested the first stock to be offered at $500,000 and to eventually increase to $1 million, and welcomed state and national government subscriptions alike.:280 The company was never successful: numerous shareholders reneged on stock payments, some members soon went bankrupt, and "William Duer, the governor of the program, was sent to debtors' prison.:280 In spite of Hamilton's efforts to mend the disaster, the company would expire by 1796.
Emergence of parties
During Hamilton's tenure as Treasury Secretary, political factions began to emerge. A Congressional caucus, led by "James Madison and "William Branch Giles, began as an opposition group to Hamilton's financial programs, and "Thomas Jefferson joined this group when he returned from France. Hamilton and his allies began to call themselves "Federalists. The opposition group, now called the "Democratic-Republican Party by political scientists, was at the time known as Republicans.[note 4]
Hamilton assembled a nationwide coalition to garner support for the Administration, including the expansive financial programs Hamilton had made Administration policy and especially the president's policy of neutrality in the European war between Britain and France. Hamilton's public relations campaign attacked the French minister "Edmond-Charles Genêt (he called himself "Citizen Genêt") who tried to appeal to voters directly, which Federalists denounced as foreign interference in American affairs. If Hamilton's administrative republic was to succeed, Americans had to see themselves as nation citizens, and experience an administration that proved firm and demonstrated the concepts found within the United States Constitution. The Federalists did impose some internal direct taxes but they departed from the most implications of the Hamilton administrative republic as risky.
The Jeffersonian Republicans opposed banks and cities, and favored France. They built their own national coalition to oppose the Federalists. Both sides gained the support of local political factions; each side developed its own partisan newspapers. "Noah Webster, "John Fenno, and "William Cobbett were energetic editors for the Federalists; "Benjamin Franklin Bache and "Philip Freneau were fiery Republican editors. All the newspapers were characterized by intense personal attacks, major exaggerations and invented claims. In 1801, Hamilton established a daily newspaper, the "New York Evening Post and brought in "William Coleman as editor. It is still publishing (as the "New York Post).
The quarrel between Hamilton and Jefferson is the best known and historically the most important in American political history. Hamilton's and Jefferson's incompatibility was heightened by the unavowed wish of each to be Washington's principal and most trusted advisor.
Jay Treaty and Britain
When "France and Britain went to war in early 1793, all four members of the Cabinet were consulted on what to do. They and Washington unanimously agreed to remain neutral, and to send Genêt home.:336–41 However, in 1794 policy toward Britain became a major point of contention between the two parties. Hamilton and the Federalists wished for more trade with Britain, the new nation's largest trading partner. The Republicans saw Britain as the main threat to republicanism and proposed instead a trade war.:327–28
To avoid war, Washington sent Chief Justice John Jay to negotiate with the British; Hamilton largely wrote Jay's instructions. The result was "Jay's Treaty. It was denounced by the Republicans, but Hamilton mobilized support throughout the land. The Jay Treaty passed the Senate in 1795 by exactly the required two-thirds majority. The Treaty resolved issues remaining from the Revolution, averted war, and made possible ten years of peaceful trade between the United States and Britain.:Ch 9 Historian George Herring notes the "remarkable and fortuitous economic and diplomatic gains" produced by the Treaty.
Several European nations had formed a "League of Armed Neutrality against incursions on their neutral rights; the Cabinet was also consulted on whether the United States should join it, and decided not to. It kept that decision secret, but Hamilton revealed it in private to George Hammond, the British Minister to the United States, without telling Jay or anyone else. (His act remained unknown until Hammond's dispatches were read in the 1920s). This "amazing revelation" may have had limited effect on the negotiations; Jay did threaten to join the League at one point, but the British had other reasons not to view the League as a serious threat.:411 ff
Second Report on Public Credit and resignations from public office
Hamilton tendered his resignation from office on December 1, 1794, giving Washington two months' notice, in the wake of his "wife Eliza's miscarriage while he was absent during his armed repression of the "Whiskey Rebellion. Before leaving his post on January 31, 1795, Hamilton submitted a Report on a Plan for the Further Support of Public Credit to Congress to curb the debt problem. Hamilton grew dissatisfied with what he viewed as a lack of a comprehensive plan to fix the public debt. He wished to have new taxes passed with older ones made permanent and stated that any surplus from the excise tax on liquor would be pledged to lower public debt. His proposals were included into a bill by Congress within slightly over a month after his departure as treasury secretary.:480 Some months later Hamilton resumed his law practice in New York to remain closer to his family.
1796 presidential election
Hamilton's resignation as Secretary of the Treasury in 1795 did not remove him from public life. With the resumption of his law practice, he remained close to Washington as an advisor and friend. Hamilton influenced Washington in the composition of his "Farewell Address by writing drafts for Washington to compare with the latter's draft, although when Washington contemplated retirement in 1792, he had consulted James Madison for a draft that was used in a similar manner to Hamilton's.
In the "election of 1796, under the Constitution as it stood then, each of the presidential "electors had two votes, which they were to cast for different men. The one who received most votes would become President, the second-most, Vice President. This system was not designed with the operation of parties in mind, as they had been thought disreputable and factious. The Federalists planned to deal with this by having all their Electors vote for "John Adams, the Vice President, and all but a few for "Thomas Pinckney of "South Carolina.:117
Adams resented Hamilton's influence with Washington and considered him overambitious and scandalous in his private life; Hamilton compared Adams unfavorably with Washington and thought him too emotionally unstable to be President.:510 Hamilton took the election as an opportunity: he urged all the northern electors to vote for Adams and Pinckney, lest Jefferson get in; but he cooperated with "Edward Rutledge to have South Carolina's electors vote for Jefferson and Pinckney. If all this worked, Pinckney would have more votes than Adams, Pinckney would become President, and Adams would remain Vice President, but it did not work. The Federalists found out about it (even the French minister to the United States knew), and northern Federalists voted for Adams but not for Pinckney, in sufficient numbers that Pinckney came in third and Jefferson became Vice President. Adams resented the intrigue since he felt his service to the nation was much more extensive than Pinckney's.
The Reynolds affair scandal
In the summer of 1797 Hamilton became the first major American politician publicly involved in a "sex scandal. Six years earlier, in the summer of 1791, 34-year-old Hamilton started an affair with 23-year-old "Maria Reynolds. According to Hamilton's recount, Maria approached him at his house in Philadelphia, claiming that her husband, James Reynolds, had abandoned her and she wished to return to her relatives in New York but lacked the means.:366–69 Hamilton retrieved her address and delivered her $30 personally at her boarding house where she led him into her bedroom and "Some conversation ensued from which it was quickly apparent that other than pecuniary consolation would be acceptable". The two began an illicit affair that lasted, with varying frequency, approximately until June 1792.
Over the course of that year, while the affair took place, James Reynolds was well aware of his wife's unfaithfulness. He continually supported their relationship to regularly gain blackmail money from Hamilton. The common practice in the day was for the wronged husband to seek retribution in a pistol "duel, but Reynolds, realizing how much Hamilton had to lose if his activity came into public view, insisted on monetary compensation instead. After an initial request of $1,000 to which Hamilton complied, Reynolds invited Hamilton to renew his visits to his wife "as a friend" only to extort forced "loans" after each visit that the most likely colluding Maria solicited with her letters. In the end the blackmail payments totaled over $1,300 including the initial extortion.:369 Hamilton at this point was possibly aware of both Reynoldses' being involved in the blackmail and welcomed as well as strictly complied with Reynolds' request to end the affair
In November 1792 James Reynolds and his associate Jacob Clingman were arrested for counterfeiting and speculating in veteran back wages. Clingman was released on bail and relayed information to "James Monroe that Reynolds had evidence that would incriminate Hamilton. Monroe consulted with Congressmen Muhlenberg and Venable on what actions to take and the Congressmen confronted Hamilton on December 15, 1792. Hamilton refuted the suspicions of speculation by exposing his affair with Maria and producing as evidence the letters by both Reynoldses, proving that his payments to James Reynolds related to blackmail over his adultery, and not to treasury misconduct. The trio were to keep the documents privately with the utmost confidence.:366–69
In the summer of 1797, however, when "notoriously scurrilous journalist" "James T. Callender published A History of the United States for the Year 1796, it contained accusations of James Reynolds being an agent of Hamilton, using documents from the confrontation of December 15, 1792. On July 5, 1797, Hamilton wrote to Monroe, Muhlenberg and Venable asking them to confirm that there was nothing that would damage the perception of his integrity while Secretary of Treasury. All complied with Hamilton's request but Monroe, and after several rounds of argument, the two almost resorted to a duel. When Hamilton did not obtain an explicit response from Monroe, he published a 100-page booklet, later usually referred to as the "Reynolds Pamphlet, in order to preserve his public reputation, and discussed the affair in exquisite detail. His "wife Elizabeth eventually forgave him, but not Monroe. Though he faced ridicule from the Democratic-Republican faction, he maintained his availability for public service.:334–36
During the military build-up of the "Quasi-War of 1798–1800, and with the strong endorsement of Washington (who had been called out of retirement to lead the Army if a French invasion materialized), Adams reluctantly appointed Hamilton a "major general of the army. At Washington's insistence, Hamilton was made the senior major general, prompting "Henry Knox to decline appointment to serve as Hamilton's junior (Knox had been a major general in the "Continental Army and thought it would be degrading to serve beneath him).:558–60 Hamilton served as "inspector general of the United States Army from July 18, 1798, to June 15, 1800; because Washington was unwilling to leave Mount Vernon unless it were to command an army in the field, Hamilton was the de facto head of the army, to Adams's considerable displeasure. If full-scale war broke out with France, Hamilton argued that the army should conquer the "North American colonies of France's ally, Spain, bordering the United States. Hamilton was prepared to march his army through the "Southern United States if necessary, possibly also using his army in Virginia to quash opposition to Adams and himself.
To fund this army, Hamilton wrote regularly to "Oliver Wolcott, Jr., his successor at the Treasury; "William Loughton Smith, of the House Ways and Means Committee; and Senator "Theodore Sedgwick of Massachusetts. He directed them to pass a direct tax to fund the war. Smith resigned in July 1797, as Hamilton scolded him for slowness, and told Wolcott to tax houses instead of land. The eventual program included a "Stamp Act like that of the British before the Revolution and other taxes on land, houses, and slaves, calculated at different rates in different states, and requiring difficult and intricate assessment of houses. This provoked resistance in southeastern Pennsylvania, led primarily by men such as "John Fries who had marched with Washington against the Whiskey Rebellion.
Hamilton aided in all areas of the army's development, and after Washington's death he was by default the "Senior Officer of the United States Army from December 14, 1799, to June 15, 1800. The army was to guard against invasion from France. Adams, however, derailed all plans for war by opening negotiations with France. Adams had held it proper to retain the members of Washington's cabinet, except for cause; he found, in 1800 (after Washington's death), that they were obeying Hamilton rather than himself, and fired several of them.
1800 presidential election
In the 1800 election, Hamilton worked to defeat not only the rival Democratic-Republican candidates, but also his party's own nominee, John Adams.:392–99 In November 1799, the "Alien and Sedition Acts had left one Democratic-Republican newspaper functioning in New York City; when the last, the New Daily Advertiser, reprinted an article saying that Hamilton had attempted to purchase the Philadelphia Aurora and close it down, Hamilton had the publisher prosecuted for "seditious libel, and the prosecution compelled the owner to close the paper.
Aaron Burr had won New York for Jefferson in May; now Hamilton proposed a rerun of the election under different rules—with carefully drawn districts and each choosing an elector—such that the Federalists would split the electoral vote of New York.[note 5] (John Jay, a Federalist who had given up the Supreme Court to be Governor of New York, wrote on the back of the letter the words, "Proposing a measure for party purposes which it would not become me to adopt," and declined to reply.)
John Adams was running this time with "Charles Cotesworth Pinckney of South Carolina (the elder brother of candidate Thomas Pinckney from the 1796 election). Hamilton now toured "New England, again urging northern electors to hold firm for Pinckney in the renewed hope of making Pinckney president; and he again intrigued in South Carolina.:350–51 Hamilton's ideas involved coaxing middle-state Federalists to assert their non-support for Adams if there was no support for Pinckney and writing to more of the modest supports of Adams concerning his supposed misconduct while president.:350–51 Hamilton expected to see southern states such as the Carolinas cast their votes for Pinckney and Jefferson, and would result in the former being ahead of both Adams and Jefferson.:394–95
In accordance with the second of the aforementioned plans, and a recent personal rift with Adams,:351 Hamilton wrote a pamphlet called Letter from Alexander Hamilton, Concerning the Public Conduct and Character of John Adams, Esq. President of the United States that was highly critical of him, though it closed with a tepid endorsement.:396 He mailed this to two hundred leading Federalists; when a copy fell into the Democratic-Republicans' hands, they printed it. This hurt Adams's 1800 reelection campaign and split the Federalist Party, virtually assuring the victory of the Democratic-Republican Party, led by Jefferson, in the election of 1800; it destroyed Hamilton's position among the Federalists.
Jefferson had beaten Adams, but both he and his running mate, Aaron Burr, had received 73 votes in the Electoral College (Adams finished in third place, Pinckney in fourth, and Jay received one vote). With Jefferson and Burr tied, the United States House of Representatives had to choose between the two men.:352:399 Several Federalists who opposed Jefferson supported Burr, and for the first 35 ballots, Jefferson was denied a majority. Before the 36th ballot, Hamilton threw his weight behind Jefferson, supporting the arrangement reached by "James A. Bayard of Delaware, in which five Federalist Representatives from Maryland and Vermont abstained from voting, allowing those states' delegations to go for Jefferson, ending the impasse and electing Jefferson President rather than Burr.:350–51 Even though Hamilton did not like Jefferson and disagreed with him on many issues, he viewed Jefferson as the "lesser of two evils.["citation needed] Hamilton spoke of Jefferson as being "by far not so a dangerous man", and that Burr was a "mischievous enemy" to the principle measure of the past administration. It was for that reason, along with the fact that Burr was a northerner and not a Virginian, that many Federalist Representatives voted for him. Hamilton wrote an exceeding number of letters to friends in Congress to convince the members to see otherwise.:352:401 However, the Federalists rejected Hamilton's diatribe as reasons to not vote for Burr.:353:401 Nevertheless, Burr would become Vice President of the United States. When it became clear that Jefferson had developed his own concerns about Burr and would not support his return to the Vice Presidency,["citation needed] Burr sought the New York governorship in 1804 with Federalist support, against the Jeffersonian "Morgan Lewis, but was defeated by forces including Hamilton.
Duel with Burr and death
Soon after the 1804 gubernatorial election in New York—in which "Morgan Lewis, greatly assisted by Hamilton, defeated "Aaron Burr—the Albany Register published "Charles D. Cooper's letters, citing Hamilton's opposition to Burr and alleging that Hamilton had expressed "a still more despicable opinion" of the Vice President at an upstate New York dinner party. Cooper claimed that the letter was intercepted after relaying the information, but stated he was 'unusually cautious' in recollecting the information from the dinner:680–81 Burr, sensing an attack on his honor, and recovering from his defeat, demanded an apology in letter form. Hamilton wrote a letter in response and ultimately refused because he could not recall the instance of insulting Burr; also, Hamilton would have been accused of recanting Cooper's letter out of cowardice.:423–24 After a series of attempts to reconcile were to no avail, a duel was arranged through liaisons on June 27, 1804.:426
Before the duel, Hamilton wrote a defense of his decision to duel while at the same time intending to throw away his shot. Hamilton viewed his roles of being a father and husband, putting his creditors at risk, placing his family's welfare in jeopardy and his moral and religious stances as reasons not to duel, but he felt it impossible to avoid due to having made attacks on Burr which he was unable to recant, and because of Burr's behavior prior to the duel. He attempted to reconcile his moral and religious reasons and the codes of honor and politics. He intended to accept the duel and throw away his fire in order to satisfy his morals and political codes, respectively.:689[note 6] His desire to be available for future political matters also played a factor.
The concept of honor was fundamental to Hamilton's vision of himself and of the nation. Historians have noted, as evidence of the importance that honor held in Hamilton's value system, that Hamilton had previously been a party to seven "affairs of honor" as a principal, and to three as an advisor or second. Such affairs were often concluded prior to reaching their final stage, a duel.
The duel began at dawn on July 11, 1804, along the west bank of the "Hudson River on a rocky ledge in "Weehawken, New Jersey. After the "seconds measured the paces, Hamilton, according to both "William P. Van Ness and Burr, raised his pistol "as if to try the light" and had to wear his spectacles to prevent his vision from being obscured. Hamilton also refused the hairspring set of dueling pistols (that would make the pulling of the trigger lighter) offered by "Nathaniel Pendleton. Vice President Burr shot Hamilton, delivering what proved to be a fatal wound. Hamilton's shot broke a tree branch directly above Burr's head.:117 Neither of the seconds, Pendleton nor Van Ness, could determine who fired first, as each claimed that the other man had fired first. Soon after, they measured and triangulated the shooting, but could not determine from which angle Hamilton fired. Burr's shot, however, hit Hamilton in the lower abdomen above the right hip. The bullet ricocheted off Hamilton's second or third "false rib, fracturing it and causing considerable damage to his internal organs, particularly his "liver and "diaphragm, before becoming lodged in his first or second "lumbar vertebra.:429 Biographer Ron Chernow considered the circumstances to indicate that, after taking deliberate aim, Burr fired second,:704 while biographer James Earnest Cooke suggested that Burr took careful aim and shot first, and Hamilton fired while falling, after being struck by Burr's bullet.
The paralyzed Hamilton, who knew himself to be mortally wounded, was ferried to the "Greenwich Village home of his friend "William Bayard Jr., who had been waiting on the dock. After final visits from his family and friends and considerable suffering, Hamilton died on the following afternoon, July 12, 1804, at Bayard's home at what is now 80–82 Jane Street.:705, 708 "Gouverneur Morris gave the eulogy at his funeral and secretly established a fund to support his widow and children.:712–13, 725 Hamilton was buried in the "Trinity Churchyard Cemetery in "Manhattan.
While Hamilton was stationed in "Morristown, New Jersey in the winter of December 1779-March 1780, he met "Elizabeth Schuyler, a daughter of General "Philip Schuyler and Catherine Van Rensselaer. The two were married on December 14, 1780, at the "Schuyler Mansion in "Albany, New York.:128–29
Elizabeth and Alexander Hamilton had eight children, though there is often confusion because two sons were named Philip:
- "Philip (January 22, 1782 – November 23, 1801), died in a duel, just as his father would three years later.:654–55
- Angelica (September 25, 1784 – February 6, 1857), who suffered a mental breakdown after her older brother's death and was eventually interned under the care of Dr. Macdonald in Flushing, Queens:655
- "Alexander, Jr. (May 16, 1786 – August 2, 1875)
- "James Alexander (April 14, 1788 – September 24, 1878)
- "John Church (August 22, 1792 – July 25, 1882)
- "William Stephen (August 4, 1797 – October 9, 1850)
- "Elizabeth, also called Eliza (November 20, 1799 – October 17, 1859)
- "Philip, also called Little Phil (June 1, 1802 – July 9, 1884), named after his older brother who had been killed in a duel the previous year
After Hamilton's death in 1804, Elizabeth endeavored to preserve his legacy. She re-organized all of Alexander's letters, papers, and writings with the help of her son, "John Church Hamilton, and persevered through many setbacks in getting his biography published. She was so devoted to Alexander's memory that she wore a small package around her neck containing the pieces of a sonnet which Alexander wrote for her during the early days of their courtship.
Hamilton was also close to Elizabeth's sisters. During his lifetime he was even rumored to have had an affair with his wife's older sister, "Angelica, who 3 years before Hamilton's marriage to Elizabeth had eloped with "John Barker Church, an Englishman who made a fortune in North America during the Revolution and later returned to Europe with his wife and children between 1783 and 1797. Even though the style of their correspondence during Angelica's 14-year residence in Europe was flirtatious, modern historians like Chernow and Fielding agree that despite contemporary gossip there is no conclusive evidence that Hamilton's relationship with Angelica was ever physical or went beyond a strong affinity between in-laws. Hamilton also maintained a correspondence with Elizabeth's younger sister Margarita, nicknamed "Peggy, who was the recipient of his first letters praising her sister Elizabeth at the time of his courtship in early 1780.
Hamilton, as a youth in the West Indies, was an orthodox and conventional Presbyterian of the ""New Light" evangelical type (as opposed to the "Old Light" Calvinists); he was being taught by a student of "John Witherspoon, a moderate of the New School. He wrote two or three "hymns, which were published in the local newspaper.:38 Robert Troup, his college roommate, noted that Hamilton was "in the habit of praying on his knees night and morning."
Gordon Wood says that Hamilton dropped his youthful religiosity during the Revolution and became, "a conventional liberal with theistic inclinations who was an irregular churchgoer at best"; however, he returned to religion in his last years. Chernow says Hamilton was nominally an "Episcopalian, but:
- he was not clearly affiliated with the denomination and did not seem to attend church regularly or take communion. Like Adams, Franklin, and Jefferson, Hamilton had probably fallen under the sway of "deism, which sought to substitute reason for revelation and dropped the notion of an active God that will intervene in human affairs. At the same time, he never doubted God's existence, embracing Christianity as a system of morality and cosmic justice.:205
Stories were circulated that Hamilton had made two quips about God at the time of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. During the "French Revolution, he displayed a utilitarian approach to using religion for political ends, such as by maligning Jefferson as "the atheist," and insisting that Christianity and Jeffersonian democracy were incompatible.:316 After 1801, Hamilton further asserted the truth of Christianity; he proposed a Christian Constitutional Society in 1802, to take hold of "some strong feeling of the mind" to elect "fit men" to office, and he wrote of "Christian welfare societies" for the poor. He was not a member of any denomination. After being shot, Hamilton spoke of his belief in God's mercy, and of his desire to renounce dueling; he was given communion by the Episcopal Bishop of New York, "Benjamin Moore.[note 7]
Hamilton had always had respect for Jews. His birthplace of Charlestown had a large Jewish population with whom Hamilton came into contact on a regular basis. As a boy, he had learned "Hebrew and could recite the "Ten Commandments in its original language. He believed that Jewish achievement was a result of "divine providence and warned that those who discredit the Jews "destroy the Christian religion.":18
Hamilton's interpretations of the Constitution set forth in the Federalist Papers remain highly influential, as seen in scholarly studies and court decisions.
Though the Constitution was ambiguous as to the exact balance of power between national and state governments, Hamilton consistently took the side of greater federal power at the expense of the states. As Secretary of the Treasury, he established—against the intense opposition of Secretary of State Jefferson—the country's first national bank. Hamilton justified the creation of this bank, and other increased federal powers, under Congress's constitutional powers to issue currency, to regulate interstate commerce, and to do anything else that would be ""necessary and proper" to enact the provisions of the Constitution. Jefferson, on the other hand, took a stricter view of the Constitution: parsing the text carefully, he found no specific authorization for a national bank. This controversy was eventually settled by the "Supreme Court of the United States in "McCulloch v. Maryland, which in essence adopted Hamilton's view, granting the federal government broad freedom to select the best means to execute its constitutionally enumerated powers, specifically the doctrine of "implied powers. Nevertheless, the "American Civil War and the "Progressive Era demonstrated the sorts of crises and politics Hamilton's administrative republic sought to avoid.
Hamilton's policies as Secretary of the Treasury greatly affected the United States government and still continue to influence it. His constitutional interpretation, specifically of the "Necessary and Proper Clause, set precedents for federal authority that are still used by the courts and are considered an authority on constitutional interpretation. The prominent French diplomat "Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, who spent 1794 in the United States, wrote, "I consider "Napoleon, "Fox, and Hamilton the three greatest men of our epoch, and if I were forced to decide between the three, I would give without hesitation the first place to Hamilton", adding that Hamilton had intuited the problems of European conservatives.
Opinions of Hamilton have run the gamut: both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson viewed him as unprincipled and dangerously aristocratic. Hamilton's reputation was mostly negative in the eras of "Jeffersonian democracy and "Jacksonian democracy. However, by the Progressive era, "Herbert Croly, "Henry Cabot Lodge, and "Theodore Roosevelt praised his leadership of a strong government. Several nineteenth- and twentieth-century "Republicans entered politics by writing laudatory biographies of Hamilton.
In more recent years, according to Sean Wilentz, favorable views of Hamilton and his reputation have decidedly gained the initiative among scholars, who portray him as the visionary architect of the modern liberal capitalist economy and of a dynamic federal government headed by an energetic executive. Modern scholars favoring Hamilton have portrayed Jefferson and his allies, in contrast, as naïve, dreamy idealists. The older Jeffersonian view attacked Hamilton as a centralizer, sometimes to the point of accusations that he advocated monarchy.:397–98
Monuments and memorials
Portraits on currency and postage stamps
Since the beginning of the "American Civil War, Hamilton has been "depicted on more denominations of "U.S. currency than anyone else. He has appeared on the ""$2, ""$5, ""$10, ""$20, ""$50, and ""$1,000 notes. Hamilton also appears on the $500 Series EE Savings Bond.
Hamilton's portrait has been featured on the front of the "U.S. $10 bill since 1928. The source of the engraving is "John Trumbull's 1805 portrait of Hamilton, in the portrait collection of "New York City Hall. In June 2015, the "U.S. Treasury announced a decision to replace the engraving of Hamilton with that of a woman; however, before the bill was actually redesigned, the decision was changed due to the unanticipated popular success of the 2015 "Broadway musical "Hamilton.
The first postage stamp to honor Hamilton was issued by the U.S. Post Office in 1870. The portrayals on the 1870 and 1888 issues are from the same engraved die, which was modeled after a "bust of Hamilton by Italian sculptor "Giuseppe Ceracchi. The Hamilton 1870 issue was the first U.S. postage stamp to honor a "Secretary of the Treasury. The three-cent red commemorative issue, which was released on the 200th anniversary of Hamilton's birth in 1957, includes a rendition of the "Federal Hall building, located in New York City. On March 19, 1956, the United States Postal Service issued the $5 "Liberty Issue postage stamp honoring Hamilton.
"The Grange is the only home Alexander Hamilton ever owned. It is a "Federal style mansion designed by "John McComb Jr.. It was built on Hamilton's 32-acre country estate in "Hamilton Heights in upper Manhattan, and was completed in 1802. Hamilton named the house "The Grange" after the estate of his grandfather Alexander in "Ayrshire, Scotland. The house remained in the family until 1833, when his widow Eliza sold it to Thomas E. Davis, a British-born real estate developer, for $25,000. Part of the proceeds were used by Eliza to purchase a new townhouse from Davis in "Greenwich Village (now known as the "Hamilton-Holly House, where Eliza lived until 1843 with her grown children Alexander and Eliza, and their spouses).
The Grange was first moved from its original location in 1889, and was moved again in 2008 to a spot in "St. Nicholas Park in Hamilton Heights, on land that was once part of the Hamilton estate. The historic structure, now designated as the "Hamilton Grange National Memorial, was restored to its original 1802 appearance in 2011, and is maintained by the "National Park Service.
Colleges and universities
"Columbia University, Hamilton's alma mater, has official memorials to Hamilton on its campus in New York City. The college's main classroom building for the humanities is "Hamilton Hall, and a large statue of Hamilton stands in front of it. The "university press has published his complete works in a multivolume "letterpress edition. Columbia University's student group for ROTC cadets and Marine officer candidates is named the Alexander Hamilton Society.
Hamilton served as one of the first trustees of the "Hamilton-Oneida Academy in Clinton, New York, which was renamed "Hamilton College in 1812, after receiving a college charter.
The main administration building of the "Coast Guard Academy in "New London, Connecticut, is named Hamilton Hall to commemorate Hamilton's creation of the "United States Revenue Cutter Service, one of the predecessor services of the "United States Coast Guard.
Buildings and public art
At Hamilton's birthplace in "Charlestown, "Nevis, the "Alexander Hamilton Museum is located in Hamilton House, a "Georgian-style building rebuilt on the foundations of the house where Hamilton is believed to have been born and to have lived during his childhood. The second floor of Hamilton House hosts the offices and meeting place of the island's legislature, the "Nevis Island Assembly.
In 1880, Hamilton's son "John Church Hamilton commissioned "Carl Conrads to sculpt a granite "statue, now located in "Central Park, New York City.
A bronze statue of Hamilton by "Franklin Simmons, dated 1905–06, overlooks the "Great Falls of the Passaic River at "Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in New Jersey.
In 1990, the "U.S. Custom House in New York City was renamed after Hamilton.
The U.S. Army's "Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn is named after Hamilton.
In Washington, D.C., the south terrace of the "Treasury Building features a "statue of Hamilton by "James Earle Fraser, which was dedicated on May 17, 1923.
In Chicago, a thirteen-foot tall statue of Hamilton by sculptor "John Angel was cast in 1939. It was not installed at "Lincoln Park until 1952, due to problems with a "controversial 78-foot tall columned shelter designed for it and later demolished in 1993. The statue has remained on public display, and was restored and "regilded in 2016.
A bronze sculpture of Hamilton titled The American Cape, by "Kristen Visbal, was unveiled at Journal Square in downtown "Hamilton, Ohio, in October 2004.
Numerous American towns and cities, including "Hamilton, Kansas, "Hamilton, Missouri, "Hamilton, Massachusetts, and "Hamilton, Ohio, were named in honor of Alexander Hamilton. In eight states, counties have been named for Hamilton:
Hamilton is not known to have ever owned slaves, although members of his family were slave owners. At the time of her death, Hamilton's mother owned two slaves named Christian and Ajax, and she had written a will leaving them to her sons; however, due to their illegitimacy, Hamilton and his brother were held ineligible to inherit her property, and never took ownership of the slaves.:17 Later, as a youth in St. Croix, Hamilton worked for a company trading in commodities that included slaves.:17 During his career, Hamilton did occasionally purchase or sell slaves for others as their legal representative, and one of Hamilton's grandsons interpreted some of these journal entries as being purchases for himself.
By the time of Hamilton's early participation in the American Revolution, his abolitionist sensibilities had become evident. Hamilton was active during the Revolution in trying to raise black troops for the army, with the promise of freedom. In the 1780s and 1790s he generally opposed pro-slavery southern interests, which he saw as hypocritical to the values of the American Revolution. In 1785 he joined his close associate "John Jay in founding the "New-York Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves, and Protecting Such of Them as Have Been, or May be Liberated, the main anti-slavery organization in New York. The society successfully promoted the abolition of the international slave trade in New York City and (shortly after his death) passed a state law to end slavery in New York through a decades-long process of emancipation, with a final end to slavery in the state on July 4, 1827.
At a time when most white leaders doubted the capacity of blacks, Hamilton believed slavery was morally wrong and wrote that "their natural faculties are as good as ours." Unlike contemporaries such as Jefferson, who considered the removal of freed slaves (to a western territory, the West Indies, or Africa) to be essential to any plan for emancipation, Hamilton pressed for emancipation with no such provisions.:22 Hamilton and other Federalists supported "Toussaint Louverture's revolution against France in "Haiti, which had originated as a slave revolt.:23 Hamilton's suggestions helped shape the Haitian constitution, and when Haiti became the Western Hemisphere's first independent black nation in 1804, Hamilton urged closer economic and diplomatic ties.:23
Hamilton has been portrayed as the "patron saint" of the "American School of economic philosophy that, according to one historian, dominated economic policy after 1861. He firmly supported government intervention in favor of business, after the manner of "Jean-Baptiste Colbert, as early as the fall of 1781.:170 Hamilton opposed the British ideas of "free trade, which he believed skewed benefits to colonial and imperial powers, in favor of "protectionism, which he believed would help develop the fledgling nation's emerging economy. "Henry C. Carey was inspired by his writings. Hamilton influenced the ideas and work of the German "Friedrich List. In Hamilton's view, a strong executive, linked to the support of the people, could become the linchpin of an administrative republic. The dominance of executive leadership in the formulation and carrying out of policy was essential to resist the deterioration of republican government. Ian Patrick Austin has explored the similarities between Hamiltonian recommendations and the development of "Meiji Japan after 1860.
In popular culture
Apart from the $10 bill, "a 1917 play, and a "1931 film, Hamilton did not attract much attention in American popular culture until the advent of the 2015 hit "Broadway musical "Hamilton. The musical, which features music, lyrics, and a book by "Lin-Manuel Miranda, is based on a biography by "Ron Chernow. "The New Yorker called the show "an achievement of historical and cultural reimagining. In Miranda's telling, the headlong rise of one self-made immigrant becomes the story of America." The "off-Broadway production of Hamilton won the 2015 "Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical as well as seven other "Drama Desk Awards. In 2016, Hamilton received the "Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a record 16 Tony nominations, winning 11 of them including "Best Musical.
Hamilton has also appeared as a significant figure in popular works focusing on other American political figures of his time. He is a major character in "Gore Vidal's 1973 historical novel "Burr and in episodes of the 1976 "PBS "miniseries "The Adams Chronicles. Hamilton was played by "Rufus Sewell in two episodes of a further TV portrayal of John Adams' life, the 2008 seven part "HBO miniseries "John Adams with "Paul Giamatti in the title role. Hamilton is a major villain in "L. Neil Smith's "libertarian "alternative history series ""North American Confederacy".
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- "Infant industry argument
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- "Panic of 1792
- "Burr-Hamilton Duel
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While there have been suggestions that the mother, Rachel Faucett or Fawcett—and therefore Hamilton himself—was of mixed ancestry, it is not an established fact.
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- Miller, p. 9.
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- Newton, pp. 116–117 and 573.
- Mitchell, I:74–75.
- Di Joseph A. Murray, Alexander Hamilton: America’s Forgotten Founder, 2007, p. 74
- The enlightened "Corsican Republic, headed by "Pasquale Paoli, had been suppressed six years before, and young American Patriots were likely to regard it as a model to be emulated
- Newton, pp. 127–128.
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- Hendrickson, Robert (1976). Hamilton I (1757–1789). New York: Mason/Charter. p. 119.
- Lodge, pp. 1:15–20
- Miller, pp. 23–6.
- Flexner, Young Hamilton, p. 316.
- Trees, Andrew S., "The Importance of Being Alexander Hamilton", Reviews in American History 2005, pp. 33(1):8–14, finding Chernow's inferences to be overreading the contemporary style.
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- Syrett, p. III:117; for a one-year term beginning the "first Monday in November next", arrived in Philadelphia between the November 18 and 25, and resigned July 1783.
- Hamilton, Alexander. Alexander Hamilton: Writings. Compiled by Joanne B. Freeman. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 2001. pp. 70–71
- Kohn; Brant, p. 45; Rakove, p. 324.
- Brant, p. 100
- Martin and Lender, pp. 109, 160: at first for seven years, increased to life after Arnold's treason.
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- Mitchell, p. 118.
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- Cooke, p. 100.
- Cooke, p. 101.
- Mitchell, p. 145.
- Stephen F. Knott, Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth (2002), pp. 43, 54, 56, 83, 108.
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- Elkins and McKitrick, like other historians, speak of Hamilton's self-destructive tendencies in this connection.
- Harper, p. 259.
- Isenberg, Nancy. Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, New York: Penguin Books, 2007, pp. 211–12.
- ANB, "Aaron Burr".
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- James Alexander Hamilton obituary, "The New York Times, September 26, 1878.
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The first story alleges [that he was asked] why God had not been suitably recognized in the Constitution. 'Indeed, Doctor,' Hamilton is supposed to have replied, 'we forgot it.' ... The second story [is of a] purported remark on the Convention floor, when Franklin moved that each session in the future be opened with prayer. Hamilton is supposed to have replied that there was no need for calling in 'foreign aid.'
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It has been stated that Hamilton never owned a negro slave, but this is untrue. We find that in his books there are entries showing that he purchased them for himself and for others.
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- John Chester Miller (1964). Alexander Hamilton and the Growth of the New Nation. Transaction. pp. 41–42.
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- Continentalist V, published April 1782, but written in fall 1781
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- William Notz, "Friedrich List in America" American Economic Review (1926) 16#2 pp. 248–65 in JSTOR
- Derthick 1999, p. 122.
- Harvey Flaumenhaft, "Hamilton's Administrative Republic and the American Presidency", in Joseph M. Bessette and Jeffrey Tulis, The Presidency in the Constitutional Order (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981)
- Austin, pp. 261–62.
- Hamilton is not mentioned in the standard guides, such as The Guide to United States Popular Culture (2001) edited by Ray Broadus Browne and Pat Browne.
- Rebecca Mead, "All About the Hamiltons: A new musical brings the Founding Fathers back to life—with a lot of hip-hop." The New Yorker Feb. 9, 2015
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- Fleming, Thomas (March 22, 1976). "The Selling of the Adams Family". "New York. pp. 78, 80. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
- "John Adams". March 16, 2008 – via IMDb.
- Hamilton's spelling "Lavien" may be a "Sephardic version of "Levine". The couple may have lived apart from one another under an order of legal separation, with Faucette as the guilty party, meaning that her remarriage was not permitted on St. Croix.
- Thomas Jefferson wrote years afterward that Hamilton had a discussion with him around this time period about the capital of the United States being relocated to Virginia by mean of a 'pill' that "would be peculiarly bitter to the Southern States, and that some concomitant measure should be adopted to sweeten it a little to them".
- The System of Revenue Cutters was also known as the Revenue Service, Revenue-Marine Service, and System of Cutters after being enacted by Congress. It officially became the Coast Guard in 1915.
- Quote: I see by a paper of last evening that even in New York a meeting of the people has taken place, at the instance of the Republican party, and that a committee is appointed for the like purpose. See also Smith, (2004) p.832.
- The May 1800 election chose the New York legislature, which would in turn choose electors; Burr had won this by making it a referendum on the presidency, and by persuading better-qualified candidates to run, who declared their candidacy only after the Federalists had announced their ticket. Hamilton asked Jay and the lame-duck legislature to pass a law declaring a special federal election, in which each district would choose an elector. He also supplied a map, with as many Federalist districts as possible.
- Hamilton had given his son Philip the same advice in his duel with George I. Eacker in 1801 that resulted in Philip's death. The maneuver of throwing shots on the field of honor was referred to as delope by the French. (Chernow, p. 653)
- Adair and Harvey, "Christian Statesman?"; Quotes on the Christian Constitutional Society are from Hamilton's letter to James A. Bayard of April 1802, quoted by Adair and Harvey. McDonald, says p. 356, that Hamilton's faith "had not entirely departed" him before the crisis of 1801.
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- Tucker, Spencer C. (2014). The Encyclopedia of the Wars of the Early American Republic, 1783–1812 [three volumes]: A Political, Social, and Military History. ABC-CLIO. "ISBN "978-1598841565.
- Wallace, David Duncan (1915). Life of Henry Laurens, with a sketch of the life of Lieutenant-Colonel John Laurens. New York: Putnam.
- Weston, Rob N. (1994). "Alexander Hamilton and the Abolition of Slavery in New York". Afro-Americans in New York Life and History. 18 (1): 31–45. "ISSN 0364-2437. An undergraduate paper, which concludes that Hamilton was ambivalent about slavery.
- White, Leonard D. (1949). The Federalists. New York: Macmillan. Coverage of how the Treasury and other departments were created and operated.
- White, Richard D. (2000). "Exploring the Origins of the American Administrative State: Recent Writings on the Ambiguous Legacy of Alexander Hamilton". Public Administration Review. 60 (2): 186–90. "doi:10.1111/0033-3352.00077.
- Wood, Gordon S. (2009). Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815. New York: Oxford University Press. "ISBN "978-0-19-503914-6. The most recent synthesis of the era.
- Wright, Robert E. (2002). Hamilton Unbound: Finance and the Creation of the American Republic. Westport: Greenwood Press. "ISBN "0-313-32397-6.
- ——— (2008). One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe. New York: McGraw-Hill. "ISBN "978-0-07-154393-4.
- Cooke, Jacob E., ed. Alexander Hamilton: A Profile. 1967. (Short excerpts from AH and his critics)
- Cunningham, Noble E. Jefferson vs. Hamilton: Confrontations that Shaped a Nation. 2000. (Short collection of primary sources, with commentary)
- "Federalist Papers. Under the shared pseudonym "Publius". By Alexander Hamilton (c. 52 articles), "James Madison (28 articles), and "John Jay (five articles).
- Freeman, Joanne B., ed. (2001). Alexander Hamilton: Writings. The Library of America. p. 1108. "ISBN "978-1-931082-04-4. (All of Hamilton's major writings and many of his letters)
- Frisch, Morton J., ed. Selected Writings and Speeches of Alexander Hamilton. 1985.
- Hamilton, Alexander; Hamilton, John Church. The Works of Alexander Hamilton: Miscellanies, 1789–1795: France; Duties on imports; National bank; Manufactures; Revenue circulars; Reports on claims, etc. 1850. John F. Trow, Printer. free online EBook edition
- Goebel, Julius, Jr., and Joseph H. Smith, eds. The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton. 5 vols. Columbia University Press, 1964–80. (The legal counterpart to The Papers of Alexander Hamilton)
- Lodge, Henry Cabot, ed. (1904). The Works of Alexander Hamilton (full text online at Internet Archive). 10 vols. Also available as The Works of Alexander Hamilton (HTML full text ed.). (The only online collection of Hamilton's writings and letters, containing about 1.3 million words)
- Morris, Richard, ed. Alexander Hamilton and the Founding of the Nation. 1957. (Excerpts from AH's writings)
- "Report on Manufactures. (AH's economic program for the United States)
- "Report on Public Credit. (AH's financial program for the United States)
- Syrett, Harold C., Jacob E. Cooke, and Barbara Chernow, eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. Columbia University Press, 1961–87. (Includes all letters and writings by Hamilton, and all important letters written to him; this is the definitive edition of Hamilton's works, intensively annotated)
- Taylor, George Rogers, ed. Hamilton and the National Debt. 1950. (Excerpts from all sides in the 1790s)
|"Library resources about
|By Alexander Hamilton|
- Alexander Hamilton on PBS' American Experience
- Alexander Hamilton: A Resource Guide from the Library of Congress
- The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, subset of Founders Online from the "National Archives
- New-York Historical Society's Alexander Hamilton Exhibit
- Works by Alexander Hamilton at "Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Alexander Hamilton at "Internet Archive
- Works by Alexander Hamilton at "LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Hamilton's Report on Manufactures (Columbia University Press)
- Hamilton's Congressional biography
- Alexander Hamilton: Debate over a National Bank (February 23, 1791) at the "Wayback Machine (archived November 10, 2000)
- Alexander Hamilton by "Henry Cabot Lodge
- Alexander Hamilton's Plan of Government
- Hamilton Grange National Memorial
- Reenactment of the Burr–Hamilton duel on July 12, 2004
- Alexander Hamilton and the National Triumph of New York City, WNET video lecture; overview of Hamilton's career
- Alexander Hamilton records at Trinity Wall Street Archives
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