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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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