Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) was an American politician, who influenced the adoption of a constitution with a strong central government, and was the first secretary of the treasury (1789-1795).
He led the Federalist Party, and incurred the bitter hatred of Aaron Burr when he voted against Burr and in favour of Jefferson for the presidency in 1801.
Hamilton, born in the West Indies, served during the War of Independence as captain and (1777-1781) was Washington's secretary and aide-de-camp. After the war he practised as a lawyer. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and in the Federalist influenced public opinion in favour of the ratification of the constitution. As first secretary of the treasury, he proved an able controller of the national finances. Challenged to a duel with Burr, he was wounded, and died the next day.
Why is Alexander Hamilton famous?
Alexander Hamilton was a soldier, economist, philosopher and first constitutional lawyers and the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.