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  • 1772 - post Hurricane St. Croix
  • As a child, Alexander Hamilton had a rough life. His father left, his mother died, he went to live with his cousin who committed suicide, and then his island was hit by a devastating hurricane. 
  • After reading poems Hamilton wrote about his endeavors with the hurricane, people on St. Croix raised enough money to send him to America to study in 1776.
  • Hamilton became a soldier in the revolutionary war, and his extraordinary writing skills were noticed by none other than George Washington, who hired him as his right hand man. However, it wasn't only his writing skills that were noticed; his endeavors with the ladies eventually won over the heart of Eliza Schuyler who became his wife in 1780.
  • A prominent federalist, Hamilton was steadfast in his defense of the U.S. constitution. Of the 85 federalist papers, Hamilton wrote 51. 
  • Hamilton was a bit too good with the ladies. When Maria Reynolds came around, Hamilton had an affair while his wife was away. Mr. Reynolds came round, however, and made him pay to keep quiet about seeing his wife. Word got out though, and Hamilton being obsessed with his legacy, wrote a pamphlet coming clean. "Smart move" Hammie. 
  • Overall though, Hamilton, considering his upbringing, did extremely well for himself. Though his political career and life took a turn for the worse towards the end, his opinionated nature resulting in death from a duel with Aaron Burr, he lived a successful life as a soldier, father, right hand man to Washington, first treasury secretary, and anti-slave activist.
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