One of the Founding Father's
When was Alexander Hamilton born? When did he die?
- Born in 1755, he died in 1804
- He was born in Charlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis (British West Indies)
- He died in New York City, New York
What was his highest political office?
- Treasury Secretary (deals with financial and monetary matters)
How did he help create our constitution?
- He did very little in writing the constitution.
- He was on a committee that created rules and writing styles for the constitution.
- He wanted a New national government.
- He wanted state governments to be eliminated.
- His idea of a perfect union would be having no states at all.
- He drafted a proposal for a new national government.
- His proposal would centralize power but still allow states to keep there rights.
- He believed the best form of government was the British System-strong monarch, House of Lords, House of Commons.
- He believed government should have 3 branches. Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.
- He was a Federalist and wrote Federalist papers with John Jay and James Madison. (A federalist is someone who agrees with the system of government)
Quotes from Alexander Hamilton
- "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."
- "A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing."
- "Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint."