Alexander Hamilton may be the subject of the eponymous Broadway smash hit, but he’s so much more. The American statesman and Founding Father was an interpreter, among other things. Consider the many sides of the American political icon.
Hamilton was a media tycoon, economist, and political intellectual, but what else?:
- Hamilton sparked a rebellion due to his changes to tax policy. As the nation’s first Secretary of Treasury, Hamilton help to establish the U.S. mint and a national banking system. The government needed to revenue to do this, so decided that would acquire it through taxation, particularly the tax of whiskey. However, the public, mainly rural farmers were not fans of this idea. The Whiskey Rebellion spanned three years until it was settled by George Washington. Tax rebels faced off with governmental troops, who were inevitably defeated, proving the nation’s ability to repress rebel rousing. A handful of people died during the uprising.
- Hamilton liked to take up arms. He was a volunteer in the rebel militia, and he fought in eight different battles, with seven of them being in under two years. He even returned to the frontlines after living Washington’s staff, fighting alongside the French at the siege of Yorktown.
- Hamilton was a brilliant man. Hamilton contributed significantly to the creation of the U.S. Constitution and developed a project that was named “The Federalist Papers,’ which was a collection of historical essays. Hamilton had eloquently argued for the implementation of concepts that future president James Madison would deem monarchical.
- Also, to be a force to be reckoned with when it came to his military dealings, he also launched the New York Evening Post after securing $10,000 from a group of investors. The name was changed to the New York Post, and the paper focuses on political commentary and philanthropy.
- Hamilton met his demise after squaring off with sitting vice president Aaron Burr. After publishing some articles that personally attacked Burr, the two men met the summer of 1804. Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel, and fatally wounded Hamilton, who would still live long enough to receive a final communion
- Since 1928, Hamilton has been on the $10 bill. The choice to refresh the bill and put a woman on it was raised in 2015. However, the famous play, ‘Hamilton’ changed minds. Instead, there’s interest in placing a woman on the cover of the $20 bill instead.
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