The history books all say that Alexander Hamilton was the first Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and the man on the $10.00 bill. Other facts about his life, such as the duel that ended it, are often noted as a curiosity. Thanks to the popular musical Hamilton, the Founding Father is now back in the spotlight, with the entire nation learning new details that shed light on the tumultuous times of America’s founding.
Here are some facts you may not know about Alexander Hamilton.
Although Born in the West Indies, Hamilton Could Have Been President
Although born outside of the USA in Nevis, Hamilton was still eligible to be president. While the U.S. Constitution forbids foreigners from holding the highest office, even if they are American citizens, there is also an exemption for people who were citizens of the United States when the Constitution was adopted. Hamilton ran for president in the election of 1800.
His Son was Also Killed in a Duel
Hamilton was famously killed by Vice President Aaron Burr during a duel. Incredibly, Philip Hamilton met the same fate in the same location. Philip confronted a New York lawyer, George Eacker, in 1801 after witnessing the man slandering his father. When Eacker refused to retract his statements, Philip challenged him to a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. Philip was shot and died the next day. Hamilton was still alive at the time and some believe his reluctance to shoot at Burr directly during their 1804 duel.
Hamilton Almost Dueled President James Monroe
Hamilton was challenged to a duel a dozen times during his life, as he was famously quarrelsome. He once nearly came to a duel with future President James Monroe. When Hamilton was named in a scandal involving finances, an investigation ensued, which angered him. Hamilton admitted making secret payments due to a blackmail scheme to keep a love affair private. Monroe, who was then a Senator, promised to keep certain letters about the affair private, but they ended up being circulated in several pamphlets. Hamilton blamed Monroe and the two nearly came to blows, with Hamilton saying “I will meet you like a Gentleman,” referring to a duel, while Monroe responded “I am ready get your pistols.” The two agreed to meet for a duel but Aaron Burr, who was going to be Monroe’s number two for the fight, managed to talk the two out of it.
Hamilton Founded the New York Post
The newspaper known as the New York Post was actually founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1801. its original name was the New York Evening Post. Hamilton intended the paper to be the mouthpiece for the Federalist Party, a political party founded by Hamilton to fight Thomas Jefferson. Hamilton composed many of the newspaper’s earliest editorials. Hamilton is also believed to have written many of the Federalist Papers, the pamphlets that argued for the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
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Originally posted 2016-05-18 15:53:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter