Alexander Hamilton - 1 Essay

Submitted By dani1109
Words: 643
Pages: 3

Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755 in Nevis, British West Indies. Hamilton was from an adulterous affair. His mother, Rachel Fawcett Lavine was married to another man when he was born. When he and his mother got thrown out they moved into his father home, James. James then abounded the both of them when Hamilton was just a baby. Hamilton wanted to make his life better than what it was so he got a job at eleven years old. He was a clerk in an accounting firm in St. Croix. Hamilton's boss, Nicolas Cruger, told the minister, Hugh Knox, about how well Hamilton is doing and sent Hamilton to America to get an education. When Hamilton was sixteen he arrived in New York, after he got there he enrolled in King's College. Hamilton was more worried about political involvement than he was his school work.
In 1774, Hamilton wrote his first political article protecting the Patriots' cause against the interests of pro-British Loyalists. Finding out he was a quick learner, he then thought of himself as a self-made man. He was determined to learn with hands on experience. Hamilton left King's College before he graduated, to join forces with the Patriots in their protest of British taxes and commercial business regulations.
The Revolutionary War began, in 1775. Hamilton then became part of the New York Provincial Artillery Company and fought in the battles of Long Island, White Plains and Trenton. In 1777, Hamilton was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the Continental Army, after he fought in the year's battles of Brandywine Creek, Germantown and Princeton. In his beginning years of fighting for American independence, General George Washington was impressed and made Hamilton his assistant and trusted adviser. For the next five years, Hamilton wrote Washington's critical letters, and composed many reports on the strategic reform and the rearranging of the Continental Army. During all this he married Elisabeth Schuyler. In 1781, Hamilton persuaded Washington to let him go out and have some action on the battlefield. Having Washington's permission, Hamilton guided a successful charge against the British in the Battle of Yorktown. During The Treaty of Paris and the Treaties of Versailles Cornwallis's surrendered, this battle eventually leads to two major negotiations in 1783.
While being an adviser for George Washington, Hamilton believed, the Articles of Confederation had Congress jealous and had resentment between all the states. In 1782, Hamilton renounced his adviser post, convinced that a strong central government would help to…