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Alexander HamiltonGreat American Patriot Badge Sample - smallHe did, however, sit on the Committee of Style, and he was the only one of the three delegates from his state who signed the finished document. Hamilton's part in New York's ratification the next year was substantial, though he felt the Constitution was deficient in many respects. Against determined opposition, he waged a strenuous and successful campaign, including collaboration with John Jay and James Madison in writing The Federalist. In 1787 Hamilton was again elected to the Continental Congress.

While Alexander Hamilton (1757 to 1804) was one of the youngest founding fathers, his contributions were significant . . . and sadly came to a tragic end when he was mortally wounded in a pistol duel with Aaron Burr.

Yet, he remains one of the most referenced, influential, and respected founding fathers.  He truly deserves recognition as a Great American Patriot.

Although not yet 20 years of age, in 1774-75 Hamilton wrote several widely read pro-Whig pamphlets. Right after the war broke out, he accepted an artillery captaincy and fought in the principal campaigns of 1776-77.

In the latter year, winning the rank of lieutenant colonel, he joined the staff of General Washington as secretary and aide-de-camp and soon became his close confidant as well.

In 1787 Hamilton served in the legislature, which appointed him as a delegate to the convention. He played a surprisingly small part in the debates, apparently because he was frequently absent on legal business, his extreme nationalism put him at odds with most of the delegates, and he was frustrated by the conservative views of his two fellow delegates from New York.

When the new government got under way in 1789, Hamilton won the position of Secretary of the Treasury. He began at once to place the nation's disorganized finances on a sound footing. In a series of reports (1790-91), he presented a program not only to stabilize national finances but also to shape the future of the country as a powerful, industrial nation. He proposed establishment of a national bank, funding of the national debt, assumption of state war debts, and the encouragement of manufacturing.

Here are several memorable quotes by Alexander Hamilton...

  • In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.

  • Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.

  • It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.

  • There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.

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