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  • Famous Ancestor: Alexander Hamilton

    Alexander Hamilton was born and raised in the Caribbean and came to New York in 1772, when he was about 13. He attended King's College, now Columbia University, and served in the Revolutionary War as an aide to General George Washington.

    After the Constitution was drafted in 1787, he teamed up with James Madison and John Jay to write the Federalist Papers to rally support for the new government. Eighty-five editions of the Papers were published anonymously in 1787 and 1788, fifty-one of which were written by Hamilton.

    After the Constitution was ratified, Hamilton became Secretary of the Treasury to President George Washington. As secretary, he argued for the creation of a national bank, justifiable through the "implied powers" in the Constitution. Throughout his political career, Hamilton advocated a stronger federal government and government intervention in the economy. Hamilton and his followers became the Federalist Party. Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and others believed that a strong central government was a threat to the agricultural and republican ideals of the new nation; they became the Democratic-Republican Party.

    Hamilton was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804.

    To view Alexander Hamilton's Family Tree, login to OneGreatFamily, launch Genealogy Browser, and enter OGFN# 596209767. You can also see whether or not you are related to Alexander Hamilton by going to the Relationship Calculator on the Family Dashboard Page when you login to OneGreatFamily.

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  • Famous Ancestors: George Washington

    This blog will now feature a famous or notable person's family tree each week.

    The renowned "father of our country" is usually extolled for his roles as general of the Revolutionary war and president of the new American republic. But what about his life before that? What experiences prepared him for those great responsibilities?

    When he was only twenty years old, George Washington was appointed adjutant general of the Virginia Militia, which meant that he was responsible for training one quarter of the troops. He continued to move up the ranks of the militia, and in 1755 he was promoted to colonel and named commander of all Virginia forces.

    Washington was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1758. As a member of the Burgesses, he began to be involved in revolutionary activities. After the Townshend Acts were enacted by Parliament in 1767, he proposed that Virginia boycott English goods. The Acts were repealed in 1770, but then Parliament passed the Coercive Acts against Boston in 1774, as a reaction to the events of the Boston Tea Party. Washington regarded the Coercive Acts as an attack on American rights, and he attended the Second Continental Congress of 1775 dressed in his military uniform and ready for war. The newly-created colonial army needed a leader; John Adams nominated George Washington, and he was elected commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

    View George Washington's Family Tree in Genealogy Browser

    You can also see whether or not you are related to George Washington by going to the Relationship Calculator on the Family Dashboard Page when you login to OneGreatFamily.

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