Alexander Hamilton-January 11, 1755 - July 12, 1804, Founding Father of the United States, chief aide to General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the U.S. Constitution. He was the founder of the nation's financial system, founder of the Federalist Party, Father of the Coast Guard and founder of The New York Post. Hamilton was the first Secretary of the Treasury and primary author of President Washington's economic policies. He established a national bank, a system of tariffs and trade relations with the British. He played a major role in the Revolutionary War as a Captain, after which he was elected to the Congress of the Confederation from New York, where he practiced law, and founded the Bank of New York. He was a prolific thinker and doer, writing 51 of the 85 installments of The Federalist Papers, still the most important reference for Constitutional interpretation. Here is a hand written and signed note by Alexander Hamilton, on "Treasury Department" note paper, dated October 20th, 1789. Hamilton had just been appointed by Washington as the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury. In September, one month before this writing, the House of Representatives directed him to organize and submit a plan of the " First Report on the Public Credit", to be done by January 1790 when Congress reconvened. He was to organize chaotic national finances, collect financial information, establish standards and procedures and devise a plan for restoring the financial health of the nearly bankrupt American republic. His plan, although torn apart in congressional battles, eventually passed! This note is somewhat circumspect since Hamilton was required to be extremely secretive in his communications regarding his report.
Aaron Burr (1756-1836) Founding Father, politician. Burr was the third vice president of the United States serving with Thomas Jefferson. In 1804, the last full year of his single term as Vice President, Burr killed his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a famous duel. Burr was never tried for the illegal duel, and all charges against him were eventually dropped. The death of Hamilton, however, ended Burr's political career. Here is an extremely rare vintage check dated 15th day of August 1788, when he was a candidate for the Assembly and asked to represent the State of New York. The check is in the amount of four pounds and made out to himself.
On July 11, 1804 in New Jersey, Burr shot and mortally wounded Hamilton, who was carried to the home of William Bayard, where he died the next day. One of the most famous personal conflicts in American history, the duel arose from a long-standing political and personal bitterness between the two men. Framed with early images of both and the famous rendering of the duel.
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