Alexander Hamilton Biography

By: Shelby Heimer

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

I lived from January 11th 1755 to July 12th 1804. I am a Founding Father of the United States, founder of the Federalist Party, founder of The New York Post, and Father of the United States Coast Guard.

Quotes

"The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power."

IMPORTANCE TO OUR NATION AND CONSTITUTION

I wrote the Federalist Papers to rally support for the new constitution, led the effort to put together the Constitutional Convention when the nation was in chaos.
In 1786, I called for a meeting for all thirteen states in Maryland to talk about the economic situation in the country at the time. Only five states sent representatives. Although there was not enough people to have any authority. Still unafraid I then requested permission from the Congress of Confederation to invite representatives from the thirteen states to assemble in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation. Privately the delegates decided to write a totally new constitution.

EARLY LIFE

I was born out of the West Indies, and moved to the colonies at the age of seventeen. My father, a Scottish trader, went bankrupt when I was fifteen, and I went to work as a boy in a counting house to help support my family. Right after I graduated from Columbia University, I organized ordnance units in New York for the Revolutionary War, and from 1779 to 1781 I was Washington's chief aide. When Washington became president, he named me Secretary of the Treasury.