Alexander Hamilton (born January 11, 1755 – died July 12, 1804) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and also the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Moreover, he was a politician, legal scholar, American statesman, military commander, lawyer, banker, and an economist from the island of Nevis, British West Indies.
In his successful career, he remained the main author of the economic policies of George Washington’s administration. Nowadays his name is in Limelight because of a play named “Hamilton” based on his incredible life.
He is a 160 minutes American Musical Drama film is inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. It came out on July 03, 2020. It is a live Stage recording of the Broadway musical of the same name. The budget of this film is set to be $12.5 Million.
The movie “Hamilton” was initially planned to be released theatrically on October 15, 2021. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided to be released digitally worldwide on Disney+.
The play was produced and written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It was directed by Thomas Kail who recounts the Founding Father’s amazing journey from orphan to the presidential candidate through a hip-hop-inspired score that makes the history fun and accessible.
Hamilton was also known for Presenting on the $10 bill in the United States and for the hugely successful musical theatre production, Hamilton.
The main casts of the movie are Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Jonathan Groff as King George III, etc.
Alexander Hamilton took birth in an English parent’s family on January 11, 1755, and spent his childhood in Charlestown, the capital of the island of Nevis. His parents were not married at the time of his birth, which makes his birth illegitimate.
|Full Real Name||Alexander Hamilton.|
|Birthday (DOB)||January 11, 1755.|
|Date of Death||Died on July 12, 1804|
|Cause||Due to wounds sustained from a gunshot.|
|Place of Birth||The island of Nevis, British West Indies.|
|Death Place||Greenwich Village, New York, USA.|
Mother: the politician’s mom “Rachel Faucette Buck” died on February 19, 1768, due to fever, when he was just 13 years old.
Father: Before two years of his mother’s death his dad “James A Hamilton” dumped the family in 1766. At that time Alexander was just 11 years old. Later, James started working as a drifting trader.
|Parents||James A. Hamilton (Father)
Rachel Faucette Buck (Mother).
|Siblings||James Hamilton (Brother).|
Education: the talented scholar pursued his studies from King’s College which is now known as Columbia University in New York. While studying at college, he was forced to stop his studies before graduation.
The college was closed due to British occupation of the city War, after the war ended, by July 1782 Hamilton passed the bar exam through months of self-studies. In October 1782, the economist got a license to fight cases of the State of New York before the Supreme Court.
|School||Schooling through Church of England.|
|College||King’s College (now known as Columbia University).
Height: As per the source, Alexander Hamilton stood an average height of 5 feet 7 inches which is equal to 170 centimeters tall. His parents were also pretty short if we check the authorized sources on the internet.
Weight: At those time when there was not many ready-made processed available then it was possible for the politician to maintain his weight which was around 68 kg. He was a non-vegetarian and mainly ate home-cooked food.
Other Features: Hamilton was blessed with thick and curly brown colored hair and the color of his eyes was blue.
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In 1775, Hamilton and his college mates joined a New York volunteer militia company. As per the source, it is called the Corsicans but later renamed as the Heart of Oak.
Later, in 1777, he had captured the attention of the army’s commander-in-chief, General George Washington, and gave him a position on his staff. He left Washington’s staff in 1781. The same year, he returned to the army when Washington gave him a field command at the Battle of Yorktown. He helped lead the attack at the Battle of Yorktown Yorktown, Virginia.
Furthermore, after Yorktown, Hamilton returned to New York and Joined Congress in March 1782, and in the year 1783, he left when the British left New York.
In 1787, he was chosen as a representative for the Constitutional Convention by his father-in-law Philip Schuyler, while serving as an assemblyman in the New York State Legislature. On September 11, 1789, President George Washington appointed Alexander as the first United States Secretary of the Treasury. Later in 1795, Alexander Hamilton left the office.
He lost 1796’s presidential election due to Reynold’s affair sandal and later in the year 1804 he died due to gunshot during a battle with Aaron Burr.
|Occupation||One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, politician, legal scholar, American statesman, military commander, lawyer, banker, and economist.
|Famous for||Founding Fathers of the United States, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, recently in limelight for movie “Hamilton” based on his life.|
Wife: From December 1779 to March 1780, While Hamilton was posted in Morristown, New Jersey, Alexander first met his future wife Elizabeth Schuyler (born on august 9, 1757- died on November 9, 1854). She is also known as Eliza or Betsey.
Marriage: She used to work as a Philanthropist. His spouse was also popularly known as a daughter of General Philip Schuyler (father) and Catherine Van Rensselaer (mother). The couple tied the knot on December 14, 1780, at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany, New York.
Kids: The couple had eight children. Their son “Philip Hamilton” (1782–1801) died in a duel just after three years of his father’s death.
In addition, the pair also shared a daughter “Angelica Hamilton” (1784–1857), Alexander Jr. (1786–1875), James Alexander Hamilton (1788–1878), John Church Hamilton (1792–1882), William Stephen Hamilton (1797–1850), Eliza Hamilton (1799–1859), and Philip Hamilton.
He is also called Little Phil (1802–1884), named after his older brother who had been killed in a duel the previous year.
Death: On July 12, 1804, the scholar died at the age of 47 in Greenwich Village, New York, USA after sustaining wounds. On July 11, 1804, he was shot in one of the most famous duels in American history.
|Marital Status||Married at the time of his death.|
|Wife||Elizabeth Schuyler (August 9, 1757 – November 9, 1854).|
|Children||Sons: 1. Philip Hamilton.
2. Alexander Jr.
3. James Alexander Hamilton.
4. John Church Hamilton.
5. William Stephen Hamilton.
6. Philip Hamilton aka Little Philip.
Daughters: 1. Angelica Hamilton.
2. Eliza Hamilton.
Other Random Facts about Alexander Hamilton
- As Hamilton was born out of wedlock, he was not allowed to attending school. Therefore, he was privately educated by the Church of England.
- Many people believe that probably he was hiding his age, as he himself claimed that he had been born in 1757, but official documents from Nevis list the year as 1755.
- In July 1782, Hamilton was selected as a member of the Continental Congress and author of the Federalist Papers.
- He was suspected in one of America’s first highly publicized political sex scandals, which ruined his chances of becoming the president.
- Alexander Hamilton and his eldest son (Philip) were killed under similar circumstances and in the same location, Philip was killed after three years of his father’s death.
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- For the establishment of a proper monument to Alexander Hamilton, it took more than 200 years and two moves.
- In 1795, after retiring from government service, Alexander purchased a 32-acre land in Harlem.
- Furthermore, it is said that before the two days of the death of America’s first President George Washington, sent the last letter to his former aide and cabinet member Alexander Hamilton.
- At the time of Alexander’s birth, Rachel was married to Johann Michael Lavien.