Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America

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1. Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) by John Trumbull (1756-1843). New-York Historical Society, Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan

John Trumbull painted Alexander Hamilton several times. In this posthumous image, derived from earlier versions, Hamilton seems mature but still youthful.

2. Aaron Burr (1756-1836) by John Vanderlyn (1775-1852). New-York Historical Society, Gift of Dr. John E. Stillwell

Colonel, state attorney general, U.S. Senator, and third Vice President, Aaron Burr charmed or alarmed everyone he met. He killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey on July 11, 1804.

3. New-York Manumission Society Minutes, January 2, 1785-November 21, 1787. New-York Historical Society

In 1785 Alexander Hamilton and 31 other prominent New Yorkers founded the New-York Manumission Society, dedicated to ending slavery. The Society adopted this credo: "[T]hose, among us, who are held as Slaves�are by Nature, as much entitled as ourselves" to liberty.


4. Constitution of the United States. Page one of the final version printed September 17, 1787. Inscribed inside:
For Jonathan Williams, Esq. from
B[enjamin] Franklin. The Gilder Lehrman Collection, on deposit at the New-York Historical Society

Alexander Hamilton was one of fifty-five delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in August 1797 and the only one from New York to sign the Constitution.

5. United States Flag, c. 1781. New-York Historical Society.

American troops carried cotton and wool flags like this at the Revolution's climactic battle at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781. Alexander Hamilton, eager to fight after years of staff work, led a decisive infantry charge at Yorktown.

6. Mourning ring, 1805. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mr. B. Pendleton Rogers

This gold ring, set with a lock of Hamilton's hair, was presented by Elizabeth Hamilton to Nathaniel Pendleton, her late husband's second in his duel with Aaron Burr.


7. Letter from Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Schuyler, October 5, 1780. The Gilder Lehrman Collection, on deposit at the New-York Historical Society

"I have told you, and told you truly that I love you too much," Alexander Hamilton wrote his bride-to-be. "I meet you in every dream." By marrying into the prominent Schuyler family of Albany, New York, Hamilton secured a place for himself in the world of wealth and power.