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Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton signed the constitution and was a delegate from New York. He went to King's college that was renamed to Columbia in New York. He was a good student and took his studies very seriously. When the revolt against the British began, his schoolwork was intensely disrupted. He publicly defended the Boston Tea Party. He wrote three pamphlets in the year 1774-1775. These pamphlets attacked British policies and supported the Continental Congress's actions to not export or import British products. These pamphlets were actually published anonymously. In 1776, Alexander Hamilton was made the captain of artillery. He and a group of men that he organized stopped the British from getting across the Raritan River and attacking the main army at the Battle of Trenton. In 1777, George Washington gave him the rank lieutenant colonel. Over the years that he worked for Washington, they became good friends. George sent him on important missions and he helped Washington communicate with French admirals and generals. But Hamilton wanted to be a part of the action, but Washington refused to give him active command in battles. In 1781, Hamilton left Washington and his staff, but he still had the friendship of the general. So finally, in July of the year 1781, George Washington gave him the command of a large group of soldiers. So at the battle of Yorktown, Alexander Hamilton led an assault on a place where the British were. Hamilton was a prominent figure in the American Revolution. After the war he moved to Albany until July of 1782 when he was admitted to the Continental Congress. He did not agree with the Article of Confederation and thought that the country was not prospering. He worked for that cause in the Congress. Then Hamilton got elected to be a lower house legislator. He developed the Continental Convention, which was held in 1787 in Philadelphia. He never wanted to part of any debates although he did give a speech for his plan for the government to have unlimited power over the states. He signed the Constitution for himself and not for his state. In 1789, he was appointed first secretary of treasury.

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