First, the unpopularity of Alexander Hamilton's policies depend upon which side of the political party fence you are on. The era in which Hamilton formulates his policies as Secretary of State was one rift with the formation party ideology. His vision for the nation becoming a capitalist nation trading with the world was in total opposition to that of Thomas Jefferson and the (Democratic) Republicans. His policies were brilliant... accepting state debt to create a world capitalistic economy that would exchange loans and develop a monied society; Hamilton was in fact hundreds of years ahead of his counterparts. The fact of the matter is that anything at that time that would have promoted industry or manufacturing simply was unpopular to anyone that was agrarian. On the other hand, Hamilton's biggest supporter was the President, George Washington, a plantation owner himself. Therefore, this simplistic example puts into perspective the very fact that his policies were NOT necessarily unpopular but rather just contested by those with alternative vision/s for the future of the infant nation. Perhaps the best and most emphasized incident that promotes this "unpopular" ideology is the Whiskey Rebellion. This protest to Hamilton's excise tax on Whiskey, while it was "unpopular" in the West (rural, western Pennsylvania), it was favored along the eastern seaboard. The Rebels were stopped by the US Military which was led by George Washington. The bottom line is the "unpopularity" of Hamilton's policies depends on which political perspective one advocated for; Jefferson's republican or Hamilton's Federalists.