Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me. -Burr
This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza started and her son finished after she was gone. I loved the framing with Eliza in the prologue and epilogue. Loved piecing together where the book and musical met, loved the bits where they diverged. Loved stumbling upon the actual historical lines from letters and writings that made it into the musicals brilliant score. Shout out to Scott Brick for bringing this book to life for my ears the way few could.
I am so tired. It is so long. I want to see Hamilton. -Eliza
12 Hardcore Facts About Alexander Hamilton
The Broadway musical Hamilton , like Alexander Hamilton himself, is an improbable success story. To celebrate Hamilton's birthday, here are 10 things you might not know about him. A native of Nevis a small island in the Caribbean , Hamilton repeatedly said that he was born in But official Nevisian records cite as his birth year. Why the discrepancy? Perhaps his college search had something to do with it.
The illegitimate son of a Scottish immigrant father and a British West Indian mother who happened to be married to someone else , Alexander Hamilton was born on the Caribbean island of Nevis on January Hamilton himself claimed that he had been born in , but official documents from Nevis list the year as Debate over this discrepancy has continued for more than two centuries, but most modern scholars agree that Hamilton likely changed his birth year intentionally. Shortly after Hamilton came into the world, his father James abandoned the family, fearful that the mother of his child would be charged with bigamy. In , when Hamilton was likely 13 years old, his mother died, effectively leaving him an orphan.
Alexander Hamilton came from humble beginnings, but eventually became one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the first Secretary of the Treasury. While he never became President, he was an incredibly influential figure in the formation of America and an indelible part of its history. Eventually, Lavine had her locked up in prison for adultery. Instead she fled to St. Kitts, where she lived with a Scottish trader named James Hamilton.
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Before , it was common to hear that Alexander Hamilton was, by far, the most undervalued of all the American Founding Fathers. But with the explosive popularity of the Broadway musical Hamilton , that statement is no longer accurate., During the American Revolutionary War , Alexander Hamilton became aide-de-camp to George Washington, before gaining military glory at the battle of Yorktown in , a final victory for the American colonies over the British. He died in following an infamous duel with sitting vice president Aaron Burr.
S Constitution. Hamilton - an avowed Federalist - then served as the nation's first secretary of the treasury, from to They had a son, Peter together. Lavien was abusive to Rachel and had spent nearly all the money she had inherited when her father died in During their tumultuous relationship, by Danish law, he even had her imprisoned for several months for adultery. When she was released, instead of returning to her husband and son, the independent-minded Rachel fled the troubled marriage and moved to St. It was there she met and moved in with James Hamilton, with whom she had another son, James Alexander's older brother , who was born in
On this day in or , Alexander Hamilton was born in the Caribbean. If you need a quick primer on Hamilton, here are the essential facts about him. Where is Nevis and why do we care? Hamilton was born on January 11, in either or , on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies. There is a dispute among historians about his actual birth year.
He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U. Take a look below for 30 more awesome and interesting facts about Alexander Hamilton. As the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was the main author of the economic policies of the George Washington administration. His vision included a strong central government led by a vigorous executive branch, a strong commercial economy, with a national bank and support for manufacturing, plus a strong military. Thomas Jefferson was his leading opponent, arguing for agrarianism and smaller government.