Alexander Hamilton - (1755 - 1804)

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Alexander Hamilton Biography




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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Biography for Alexander Hamilton (1755 - 1804)
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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
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The Federalist Papers 1787 - 1788
The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution. Seventy-seven were published serially in The Independent Journal and The
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  1. Date: 1920
    Type: text
    University of Virginia
  2. Date: [1890]
    Type: text
    List of authorities": p. [261]-267.
    University of Michigan
  3. Date: c. 1796
    Type: image
    National Portrait Gallery
  4. Date: 1794-1794
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    National Portrait Gallery
  5. Date: 1804-1804
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    National Portrait Gallery
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  9. Date: 1850-1850
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  10. Date: [1882]
    Type: text
    Series title also at head of t.-p.
    University of California
  11. Date: c1898
    Type: text
    Includes index.
    Yale University
  12. Date: 1896
    Type: text
    Library of Congress
  13. Date: [1910]
    Type: text
    University of California
  14. Date: c1918
    Type: text
    Library of Congress
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  16. Date: 1783 - 1888
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  17. Date: ca. 1775-ca. 1890
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
  18. Date: 1872-1872
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  20. Date: 1880-1880
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  23. Date: 1872-1872
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
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    Wallach Division: Print Collection. The New York Public Library
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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
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers

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
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers

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
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers

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
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers


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
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers


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
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers

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
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers

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
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers

The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.
The Federalist Papers
Quoted Document: 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
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers


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
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers


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
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers


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