This week’s topic was inspired by the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton”.
I’ll be attending my niece’s graduation from Hofstra in May, and several months ago I was able to score two tickets to see Hamilton, which is now nearly sold out. I’ve been mesmerized by the talented Lin-Manuel Miranda since I saw him in his Tony-winning show “In the Heights” in 2008. To learn more about how Miranda was inspired to write a hip-hop musical about one of our founding fathers, I recommend this New Yorker article: All About the Hamiltons.
Happy birthday, Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) !
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Barbara J. Feldman
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Alexander Hamilton Printable(** for Premium Members only)
Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was a Founding Father of the United States, the first Secretary of the Treasury (under President George Washington), author of the Federalist papers, the Father of the United States Coast Guard, and the founder of The New York Post. Hamilton was not born into privilege, but was educated at what is now Columbia University. He died in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.
Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society: All Things Hamilton
“Alexander Hamilton was born on the Caribbean island of Nevis on January 11th, 1757. In 1765, when Alexander was eight years old, he moved with his parents and brother to nearby St. Croix. Over the next four years, Alexander and his brother would lose every relative they had in the area.” Published by the AHA Society (Alexander Hamilton Awareness), this site is a compilation of articles, timelines, videos, quotes, and original source documents.
Biography: Alexander Hamilton
“In 1777, Hamilton became General George Washington’s assistant. In 1788, he convinced New Yorkers to agree to ratify the U.S Constitution. He then served as the nation’s first secretary of the treasury, from 1789 to 1795. On July 12, 1804, in New York City, Hamilton died of a gunshot wound that he sustained during a duel with Aaron Burr.” This one-page biography includes links to related biographies, and a dozen Hamilton quotes.
History: Alexander Hamilton
“Though he never attained the highest office of his adopted country, few of America’s founders influenced its political system more than Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804). Born in the British West Indies, he arrived in the colonies as a teenager, and quickly embarked on a remarkable career.” In addition to the videos and biography found here, be sure to jump on over to History’s 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alexander Hamilton.
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Quote of the Week
“Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.” ~~ Alexander Hamilton ~~ (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) Founding Father of the United States, first Secretary of the Treasury (under President George Washington), the founder of U.S. financial system, Father of the United States Coast Guard, and founder of The New York Post. Check out the Alexander Hamilton page at Lightafire.com for resources and more quotes.
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