Alexander Hamilton Additional Biography


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Adair, Douglass. Fame and the Founding Fathers: Essays. Edited by Trevor Colbourn. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1998. An important series of essays, worthy of a thorough reading.

Boyd, Julian. Number 7: Alexander Hamilton’s Secret Attempts to Control American Foreign Policy. Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press, 1964. The best anti-Hamilton work.

Brookhiser, Richard. Alexander Hamilton, American. New York: Free Press, 1999. An admiring popular biography.

Carey, George W. “The Federalist”: Design for a Constitutional Republic. Urbana: University of...

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

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Alexander Hamilton was the illegitimate son of James Hamilton and Rachel Fawcett Levein. At the age of thirteen, a penniless orphan, he was apprenticed to a merchant. His 1772 newspaper account of a hurricane influenced charitable islanders to finance his education at Elizabethtown, New Jersey, and at King’s College from 1772 to 1776, where he was a premedical student; during this time, he became interested in debate and wrote newspaper essays, among them A Full Vindication of the Measures of the Congress, in which, while professing moderation, he appealed to racial, religious, and economic prejudice against Parliament’s pretensions.

A revolutionary militia captain in 1776, Hamilton became a...

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(Survey of World Philosophers)

Article abstract: Hamilton, with James Madison and John Jay, made significant contributions to the United States’ public life before 1820. Together they wrote The Federalist to market the 1787 Constitution during the bitter ratification struggle.

Early Life

Alexander Hamilton was born an illegitimate child on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies and migrated to the American colonies in 1772. He worked hard to attain the social status John Jay and James Madison enjoyed from birth. Perhaps because of his background, Hamilton was a risk taker throughout his life. Although he died a member of the Episcopal Church, he had periods of religious skepticism unknown to Jay and...

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