Alexander Hamilton, born on January 11, 1755 and passing away on July 12, 1804, played a crucial role as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as the inaugural U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Additionally, Hamilton excelled in various domains, including politics, law, military leadership, banking, and economics. Hailing from the British West Indies island of Nevis, he was renowned as a politician, legal scholar, American statesman, military commander, lawyer, banker, and economist.
Throughout his illustrious career, he maintained his role as the primary architect of George Washington’s administration’s economic policies. Presently, his name has garnered widespread attention due to the prominent play titled “Hamilton,” which brilliantly portrays the extraordinary events of his life.
Released on July 3, 2020, the American musical drama film “Hamilton” has a runtime of 160 minutes. It draws inspiration from Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography titled “Alexander Hamilton.” The film captures a live stage recording of the renowned Broadway musical bearing the same name. With a budget of $12.5 million, this cinematic adaptation offers a captivating portrayal of Alexander Hamilton’s story.
“Hamilton,” originally scheduled for a theatrical release on October 15, 2021, had to adapt its plans due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, the decision was made to release the movie digitally on Disney+ worldwide instead.
The play, created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, showcases an incredible journey from orphan to presidential candidate, narrated by director Thomas Kail. With a vibrant hip-hop-inspired score, the production effortlessly brings history to life, making it both enjoyable and easily relatable for audiences.
Hamilton gained recognition for his portrayal on the $10 bill in the United States, as well as for his prominent role in the highly acclaimed and immensely popular musical theater production, Hamilton.
The key members of the movie’s ensemble cast include Lin-Manuel Miranda in the role of Alexander Hamilton, Phillipa Soo portraying Eliza Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Renée Elise Goldsberry playing Angelica Schuyler, and Jonathan Groff as King George III.
Alexander Hamilton was born to English parents in the city of Charlestown, the capital of the island of Nevis, on January 11, 1755. His birth was considered illegitimate as his parents were not married at the time.
|Full Real Name||Alexander Hamilton.|
|Birthday (DOB)||January 11, 1755.|
|Date of Death||Died on July 12, 1804|
|Cause||Due to wounds sustained from a gunshot.|
|Place of Birth||The island of Nevis, British West Indies.|
|Death Place||Greenwich Village, New York, USA.|
Mother: the politician’s mom “Rachel Faucette Buck” died on February 19, 1768, due to fever, when he was just 13 years old.
Father: Before two years of his mother’s death his dad “James A Hamilton” dumped the family in 1766. At that time Alexander was just 11 years old. Later, James started working as a drifting trader.
|Parents||James A. Hamilton (Father)
Rachel Faucette Buck (Mother).
|Siblings||James Hamilton (Brother).|
Education: The talented scholar completed his education at King’s College, which is now recognized as Columbia University in New York. However, his studies were abruptly halted before he could graduate.
The college had to shut down because of the British occupation during the city’s war. After the conflict concluded, in July 1782, Hamilton successfully passed the bar exam after months of studying on his own. By October 1782, he obtained a license to practice law and represent the State of New York before the Supreme Court.
|School||Schooling through Church of England.|
|College||King’s College (now known as Columbia University).|
Height: As per the source, Alexander Hamilton stood an average height of 5 feet 7 inches which is equal to 170 centimeters tall. His parents were also pretty short if we check the authorized sources on the internet.
Weight: At those time when there was not many ready-made processed available then it was possible for the politician to maintain his weight which was around 68 kg. He was a non-vegetarian and mainly ate home-cooked food.
Other Features: Hamilton was blessed with thick and curly brown colored hair and the color of his eyes was blue.
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In 1775, Alexander Hamilton and his fellow college students enlisted in a volunteer militia company based in New York. Initially known as the Corsicans, the group underwent a name change and came to be known as the Heart of Oak.
In 1777, he garnered the interest of General George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the army, who appointed him to a position on his staff. However, he departed from Washington’s staff in 1781. That very same year, he rejoined the army after Washington entrusted him with a field command during the Battle of Yorktown in Virginia. He played a pivotal role in leading the assault at this significant battle.
After Yorktown, Hamilton returned to New York and joined Congress in March 1782. In 1783, he left when the British departed New York.
In 1787, Alexander Hamilton was selected as a delegate for the Constitutional Convention through the nomination of his father-in-law, Philip Schuyler. At the time, Hamilton was also serving as an assemblyman in the New York State Legislature. Subsequently, on September 11, 1789, President George Washington designated him as the inaugural Secretary of the Treasury for the United States. However, Hamilton stepped down from this position in 1795.
He was defeated in the presidential election of 1796 as a result of the Reynolds affair scandal, and tragically, in 1804, he lost his life in a duel with Aaron Burr, succumbing to a gunshot wound during the battle.
|Occupation||One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, politician, legal scholar, American statesman, military commander, lawyer, banker, and economist.
|Famous for||Founding Fathers of the United States, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, recently in limelight for movie “Hamilton” based on his life.|
Wife: From December 1779 to March 1780, While Hamilton was posted in Morristown, New Jersey, Alexander first met his future wife Elizabeth Schuyler (born on august 9, 1757- died on November 9, 1854). She is also known as Eliza or Betsey.
Marriage: She used to work as a Philanthropist. His spouse was also popularly known as a daughter of General Philip Schuyler (father) and Catherine Van Rensselaer (mother). The couple tied the knot on December 14, 1780, at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany, New York.
Kids: The couple had eight children. Their son “Philip Hamilton” (1782–1801) died in a duel just after three years of his father’s death.
Furthermore, the couple had several children together, including a daughter named “Angelica Hamilton” (1784–1857), as well as sons Alexander Jr. (1786–1875), James Alexander Hamilton (1788–1878), John Church Hamilton (1792–1882), William Stephen Hamilton (1797–1850), and Philip Hamilton. They also had a daughter named Eliza Hamilton (1799–1859).
He is known by the nickname “Little Phil” (1802–1884), which was given to him in honor of his older brother, who was killed in a duel the year before.
Death: On July 12, 1804, the scholar passed away at the age of 47 in Greenwich Village, New York, USA as a result of injuries sustained. The previous day, July 11, 1804, he was involved in one of the most renowned duels in American history and was shot.
|Marital Status||Married at the time of his death.|
|Wife||Elizabeth Schuyler (August 9, 1757 – November 9, 1854).|
|Children||Sons: 1. Philip Hamilton.
2. Alexander Jr.
3. James Alexander Hamilton.
4. John Church Hamilton.
5. William Stephen Hamilton.
6. Philip Hamilton aka Little Philip.
Daughters: 1. Angelica Hamilton.
2. Eliza Hamilton.
Other Random Facts about Alexander Hamilton
- As Hamilton was born out of wedlock, he was not allowed to attending school. Therefore, he was privately educated by the Church of England.
- Many people believe that probably he was hiding his age, as he himself claimed that he had been born in 1757, but official documents from Nevis list the year as 1755.
- In July 1782, Hamilton was selected as a member of the Continental Congress and author of the Federalist Papers.
- He was suspected in one of America’s first highly publicized political sex scandals, which ruined his chances of becoming the president.
- Alexander Hamilton and his eldest son (Philip) were killed under similar circumstances and in the same location, Philip was killed after three years of his father’s death.
- For the establishment of a proper monument to Alexander Hamilton, it took more than 200 years and two moves.
- In 1795, after retiring from government service, Alexander purchased a 32-acre land in Harlem.
- Furthermore, it is said that before the two days of the death of America’s first President George Washington, sent the last letter to his former aide and cabinet member Alexander Hamilton.
- At the time of Alexander’s birth, Rachel was married to Johann Michael Lavien.