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Alexander Hamilton

United States Founding Father(1755 - 1804)
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Alexander Hamilton Biography [Text Version]


The name of Hamilton, the pure patriot, the brave soldier, the accomplished statesman, and acute financier, there is a halo which brightens With the lapse of years, for he was peerless among his fellows. He was a native of the island of Nevis, in the "West Indies, and was descended from a Scotch father and a French mother. He was born on the 11th of January, 1151. He received a fair education in childhood, and at the age of twelve years he became a clerk in the mercantile house of Nicholas Cruger, at St. Croix. Every leisure moment he devoted to study; and while yet a mere youth, a production of his pen give such evidence of great genius, that the friends of his widowed mother providsd ra3ans for sending him to New York to be thoroughly educated. At the age of sixteen years he accompanied his mother to the United States, and entered King's (now Columbia) College as a student, where he remained about three years. The contest of words, with Great Britaiil, was then raging, and gave sops to his thoughts and topics for his pen. "When only seventeen years of age he appeared as a speaker at public meetings, and he assisted the Sons of Liberty in carrying off British cannon from the battery of Fort George, at the foot of Broidwav, in 1775. He entered the army as captain of an artillery company, raised chiefly by himself; and performed good service at "White Plains, Trenton, and Princeton. His pen was as active as his sword, and many articles, attributed to more mature and eminent men, were the ofispring of his brain.

SOURCE: Eminent Americans - By Benson J. Lossing (Published 1886)

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Anti-Federalist Papers

(1787 - 1788) Anti-Federalist Papers is the collective name given to the scattered writings of those Americans who during the late 1780s to early 1790s opposed to or who raised doubts about the merits of a firmer and more energetic union as embodied in the 1787 United

The Federalist Papers

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Alexander Hamilton /
Date: c1898
Type: text
Includes index.
Yale University
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1904
Type: text
List of authorities": p. [261]-267.
New York Public Library
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 190-?
Type: text
University of California
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1881-1881
Type: image
Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1806-1806
Type: image
Alexander Hamilton-"the bastard brat of a Scotch pedlar," as John Adams dubbed him-emigrated to America as a teenager and quickly found a fertile field for his brilliance and drive. By the time Washington appointed him the first secretary of the treasury in 1789, Hamilton had achieved success in war and in marriage; reputation in the law and politics; and fame as the instigator and author (with James Madison and John Jay) of the Federalist Papers.
National Portrait Gallery
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1898-1898
Type: image
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1794-1794
Type: image
National Portrait Gallery
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1880-1880
Type: image
Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
Alexander Hamilton
Type: image
Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1872-1872
Type: image
Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1886]
Type: text
Library of Congress
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1795 - 1884
Type: image
Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1850-1850
Type: image
Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1896
Type: text
Library of Congress
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1898
Type: text
Library of Congress
Alexander Hamilton
Date: [1890]
Type: text
List of authorities": p. [261]-267.
University of Michigan
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1899 [c1898]
Type: text
Added series t.-p. engraved (with vignette).
University of California
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1920
Type: text
University of Virginia
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1901
Type: text
University of California
Alexander Hamilton
Date: c1918
Type: text
Library of Congress
Alexander Hamilton
Type: image
Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
Alexander Hamilton
Date: 1783 - 1888
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Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
Alexander Hamilton
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Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
Alexander Hamilton
Type: text
University of Wisconsin
Alexander Hamilton
Date: c. 1796
Type: image
National Portrait Gallery
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Quotes by Alexander Hamilton


It is a just observation that the people commonly intend the Public Good. This often applies to their very errors. But their good sense would despise the adulator who should pretend they always reason right about the means of promoting it.

-= Federalist No. 71, March 18, 1788 =-

It is a singular advantage of taxes on articles of consumption that they contain in their own nature a security against excess. They prescribe their own limit, which cannot be exceeded without defeating the end purposed — that is, an extension of the revenue.

-= Federalist No. 21 =-

It is an unquestionable truth, that the body of the people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that they do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systematic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest of errors, by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their own good sense must despise.

-= speech to the Ratifying Convention of New York, June, 1788 =-

It is evident from the state of the country, from the habits of the people, from the experience we have had on the point itself, that it is impracticable to raise any very considerable sums by direct taxation.

-= Federalist No. 12, November 27, 1787 =-

It is one thing to be subordinate to the laws, and another [for the Executive] to be dependent on the legislative body. The first comports with, the last violates, the fundamental principles of good government; and, whatever may be the forms of the Constitution, unites all power in the same hands.

-= Federalist No. 71, March 18, 1788 =-

It seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind.

-= Federalist No. 1, October 27, 1787 =-

It was remarked yesterday that a numerous representation was necessary to obtain the confidence of the people. This is not generally true. The confidence of the people will easily be gained by a good administration. This is the true touchstone.

-= speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, June, 1788 =-

It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.

-= Federalist No. 62, 1788 =-

It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station [of President] filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue.

-= Federalist No. 68, March 14, 1788 =-

Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?

-= Federalist No. 62, 1788 =-

The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.

-= The Federalist Papers =-

Let the thirteen States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence, and able to dictate the terms of the connection between the old and the new world!

-= Federalist No. 11, 1787 =-

Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.

-= Federalist No. 34, January 4, 1788 =-

Measures which serve to abridge the free competition of foreign Articles, have a tendency to occasion an enhancement of prices.

-= Report on Manufactures, December 5, 1791 =-

No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.

-= Federalist No. 62, 1788 =-


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