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by Jeremy Madappatt

Alexander Hamilton & His Words

Young Alexander Hamilton was incredibly smart  because he knew that the world wasn’t going to fix itself but the people on it have the power to make the change. Hamilton always had a book in his hand and always read, even in the shower! He was really dedicated to his work and his books and he always read and studied. Hamilton was also unbelievably astute[having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one's advantage]. Many people looked up at him and would ask him how he does it as Hamilton would say back “People sometimes attribute my success to my genius; all the genius I know anything about is hard work."

Hamilton was born on January 11 1755 on the Caribbean island Nevis Charleston a place of a lot of tropical jungles. His father James Hamilton left the family in debt looking for money and a job but never returned because he didn’t think he can take care of his family. James (Alexander’s brother) on the other hand was going around the house and taking care of mom. James will always tell Hamilton to help him but Hamilton always was scanning his book non-stop.His mother could barely take care of Hamilton and his brother because she was bedridden[To be stuck in bed because of being very sick] sick with a severe fever.

Hamilton’s poor lonely sick mother dies in February 19, 1768 forcing Hamilton at the age of thirteen to live with his older cousin. A year later Hamilton’s cousin commits suicide for an unknown reason leaving Hamilton with ruined pride[a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements]. With that Hamilton and and his brother were orphans. Hamilton’s childhood was filled to the brim with sorrow and depression. All this stuff did bring down young Hamilton and made him feel awful but Hamilton kept going reading every book on the shelf.

Hamilton began to work as a clerk for a man named Nicholas Cruder. He was a merchant  who traded throughout the Caribbean. Nicholas already saw the great potential in Hamilton for his admiration to mathematics and other subjects. Hamilton loved the job but also wanted to go to school and challenge himself to push the limits. Hamilton resigned from his job and began to look for another one. Hamilton didn't know what job to get but he knew once he found it he will work very hard.

Hamilton still had no money so going to school will only be a dream. A minister[a member of the clergy, especially in Protestant churches] named Hugh Knox saw Hamilton and also found great potential in Hamilton and he persuaded Hamilton to leave the Caribbean islands and go to school in the colonies. Hamilton thanked Hugh and went fourth to the colonies not knowing what it held

 Hamilton in the colonies still had to pick which school to go to which will probably be hard. In the end he picked King’s college (which is modern day Colombia University). Hamilton was very popular in this school and not just for being smart. Hamilton made many friends that later joined the war with him. One of his best friends was a man named John Laurens who was beside Hamilton always.

Hamilton wanted to become a doctor but changed his mind and decided to study politics. He quickly excelled as he began to hire teachers to teach him after classes. Not just that but Hamilton would study every day and night until it was stuck in his brain. He eventually began to see the arbitrary[unfair or not agreeable] rules that Great Britain made. When Hamilton had enough he began writing articles against Britain because of the unfairness.

Hamilton then finally joined into the war and became a soldier. One time Hamilton and some of his friends who joined the war were attacking a British ship and stole twenty-one cannons. George Washington begins to admire Hamilton for his great leadership and he offered Hamilton to become one of his aides[an assistant to an important person, especially to a political leader]. Hamilton was going to refuse because he wanted a fighting position but George Washington convinced Hamilton. Hamilton regrets this decision and begins to beg George Washington for a military position.

Hamilton meets a woman named Elizabeth Schuyler, a daughter of a very rich father Philip Schuyler. At first Hamilton said “I will not get married until the very end of this long war” but after six months Hamilton gets married to her in December 14, 1780.The battle of Yorktown is finally fought and won! With this Hamilton and Elizabeth have a child named Philip.

Hamilton returned to Albany and became a famous lawyer and made a lot of money, but money didn’t make him happy, he didn’t know what to do now, raise his family or help America? Hamilton came to decision and began to support Loyalists which many people got mad at saying that he’s a traitor in many ways but Hamilton stayed calm and would always say “forgive and forget”.

George Washington becomes president. Hamilton always liked George Washington for his great leadership but feared that he rushes a little too much. Hamilton was to be the secretary of the treasury. Hamilton begins to help the banks give enough money and to gain enough money which many people are fond of. Today many banks look up at Hamilton and thank him for the importance he has done to the banks.

As George Washington decides to retire Hamilton requests that he helps him make his farewell speech. It became so good that people began to buy it 1796. John Adams becomes president 1796 in replacement for George Washington. George Washington died of a fatty liver disease on December 14 1799. Hamilton, shocked by George Washington’s death gave up his job and went back to New York to study law. 

Hamilton needed money especially during this time because he has to pay for his house and his two daughters and five sons. When the new election for president was coming up Hamilton couldn’t decide who to pick, he despised Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, but the only other person was Aaron Burr who he disliked also. Jefferson became the president with Aaron Burr as vice president. Hamilton’s misfortune continues as his first son Philip was shot in a duel by nineteen. The death of Philip shocked the entire family as one of the daughters also lost their sanity. When Elizabeth gave birth to another child they named him Philip.

Hamilton  begins to despise Aaron Burr for his stupid actions and says in public that he’s a mischievous[causing or showing a fondness for causing trouble in a playful way.] enemy”. With this Burr gets mad and writes a letter to Hamilton saying that he demands an apology. Hamilton writes back saying he does not remember insulting him. With this Aaron Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel next to the Hudson river at sundown (the exact same time an place where Hamilton’s son died). Hamilton accepted but did not tell his kids nor his wife.

At the duel Hamilton spoke with someone and said he will not shoot his rival but in the end Hamilton missed and Burr shot Hamilton with a fatal wound in the abdomen. Hamilton was rowed back to New York where his eight children saw their dear father dying. After the duel Aaron Burr fled south because people threatened to murder him. Eventually he moved to Europe to hide for the rest of his miserable life. July 12 1804, Alexander Hamilton died leaving his widow and eight kids in debt[The state of owing money.]. . . just like his father.

Teddy Roosevelt? A big fan?

Teddy was fascinated and a big fan of Hamilton. He once said that “the touch of the heroic, the touch of the purple, the touch of the gallant.” Our 26th President even found time to study Hamilton while sitting in the Oval Office.


Hamilton had a mysterious birthday, many people say he was born on January 11 1757 but originally he was born on 1755 

Hamilton the master of poetry?

When Hamilton was young and worked for Nicholas cruder he used to mess around with poetry and will usually make them about storms or disasters. 


Alexander Hamilton. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .Michael Luwoye             

Aaron Burr. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . Daniel Breaker                                                                                                                  Eliza Hamilton. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lexi Lawson

King George. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . .   Euan Morton                                                                                                                       George Washington . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .    Bryan Terrell Clark




Now in days Hamilton is still celebrated in this way they made a famouse broadway musical about him.

The Main Cast!