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1755 – Alexander Hamilton is Born

11 Jan

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Today marks the day that,American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was born in Charlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis, British occupied Caribbean, to James A. Hamilton and Rachel Faucette.  Hamilton was the first Secretary of the United States Treasury under George Washington, and during the Revolutionary War, fought in the volunteer militia in New York called the Hearts of Oak.  He soon became Captain of the New York Provincial Company of Artillery, created to protect the City of New York from British attack.  While serving under Washington, he clashed with fellow Founding Father Thomas Jefferson over several viewpoints of government, namely the establishment of a national bank and whether the common people or the rich should govern, thus establishing the two government parties of the Democratic Republicans (Jefferson) and the Federalists (Hamilton).  After his retirement from politics, he clashed with Vice-President Aaron Burr and when tensions boiled over, a duel was fought in Weehawken, New Jersey on the morning of 11 July 1804, during which Hamilton was fatally shot in the abdomen, fracturing ribs and severely damaging his liver.  He succumed to his wounds and died the next day at the age of forty-eight.

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