Alexander Hamilton

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
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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."