Alexander Hamilton was considered the architect of America’s Federal Banking system and a fierce advocate of a strong centralized United States (as opposed to a Confederation of States). Of the 85 Federalist Papers – essays arguing to ratify the United States Constitution – Hamilton authored 51, James Monroe wrote 29, and John Jay – our country’s first Chief Justice – penned five. Hamilton also served as General George Washington’s aide-de-camp and led victoriously in the Battle of Yorktown. Sadly, however, Hamilton was best known for being on the loosing end of Aaron Burr’s dueling pistol.
If you’d like a deeper dive into the life of this Founding Father – and those in his constellation – the following destinations can fill you in on some juicy details.