Alexander Hamilton: A Hero Or Hero?

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Thomas Jefferson is remembered in history as a brilliant writer and the author of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, however, few people noticed his flaws and contradictory conduct to beliefs. One of those who saw through all of Jefferson’s accomplishments was Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was an immigrant from Nevis, British West Indies who is often remembered as being the creator of our National Bank System and as Thomas Jefferson’s counterpart. Despite being broadly remembered in history as Thomas Jefferson’s rival and enemy, Alexander Hamilton should be remembered as a hero and an profound scholar for his intellect, ideals, accomplishments as a statesman and as a soldier, and patriotism. Alexander Hamilton was not born into the richest …show more content…
Constitution Hamilton wanted to write a series of essays defending the Constitution and its ideals. He was accompanied in part by John Jay and James Madison (“Alexander Hamilton” 1). The Federalist Papers still serve as one of the most fundamental statements of American political philosophy ("ALEXANDER HAMILTON." 1). The men successfully argued that strong central government was not a step towards tyranny. Their efforts not only won people's attention in other states, but also led to New York's ratification in July 1788, an event that had seemed unlikely before ("ALEXANDER HAMILTON." 1). The Federalist Papers were one of Alexander Hamilton's greatest works of writing. He authored more than two-thirds of the 85 essays, which were published in New York newspapers in 1787-88 (“Alexander Hamilton” 1). Alexander’s writing skills and ideas were not going to go without opposition …show more content…
He returned in 1789 and became the nation’s first secretary of State under George Washington. He was opposed to Hamilton’s plan because he sought out a decentralized agrarian republic and recognized the value of a strong central government in foreign relations, but did not in other respects (“Hamilton vs. Jefferson." 1). Moreover Hamilton sought a strong central government acting in the interests of commerce and industry and brought to public life a love of efficiency, order and organization (“Hamilton vs. Jefferson." 1). Hamilton also devised a National Bank of the United States, with the authority to establish branches in different parts of the country (“Hamilton vs. Jefferson." 1). In one cabinet meeting, which occurred shortly after Jefferson took office as secretary of state, led to a new interpretation of the Constitution. When Hamilton presented his bill to establish a national bank, Jefferson objected (“Hamilton vs. Jefferson." 1). Jefferson argued that the Constitution “enumerates all the powers belonging to the federal government and reserves all other powers to the states.” (“Hamilton vs. Jefferson." 1). Nowhere was it said that the federal government was able to set up a national bank.Hamilton argued that the Constitution authorized the ability to levy and collect taxes, pay debts and borrow money("ALEXANDER HAMILTON." 1). A national bank would help

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