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Hamilton was also instrumental in shaping the country’s financial system.In 1789, President Washington appointed Hamilton as the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.
Born in the West Indies, Hamilton came to the American colonies to attend school, graduating from King’s College (Columbia University) in 1774.He fought as an American military officer during the Revolutionary War and was General George Washington’s aide-de-camp prior to his resignation from the Army in 1782.In that same year he established his law practice in New York City and was appointed Receiver of Continental Taxes for the State of New York.Hamilton represented the State at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and played a key role in supporting the adoption of the United States Constitution as co-author of The Federalist Papers with John Jay and James Madison.Notable items include Hamilton’s letters to President Washington, dated 1796, concerning the writing of Washington’s Farewell Address to the nation, with a draft of the Address written by Hamilton for Washington’s consideration.Documents include his 1782 appointment as Receiver of Continental Taxes in New York, legal documents relating to his law practice and personal estate, and legal notes and other items in his hand.
Treasury Department letters are chiefly manuscript or printed circular letters which are not in Hamilton’s handwriting but bear his autograph signature.
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Alexander Hamilton (1754-1804) was a Founding Father, soldier, lawyer and statesman.
He served as the first United States Secretary of the Treasury from 1789 to 1795.
The Alexander Hamilton papers, dated 1775-1804, primarily consist of letters and documents either written or signed by Alexander Hamilton, and pertain to his career as a soldier, lawyer, statesman and United States Secretary of the Treasury.
Autograph letters, drafts and copies of letters sent by Hamilton concern his Revolutionary War service, chiefly as an aide-de-camp to General George Washington; his legal practice in New York; and financial and political matters.