Alexander Hamilton: Triumph and Tragedies Essay

4068 Words Jun 10th, 2005 17 Pages
Alexander Hamilton:
Triumphs and Tragedies

By Matt Flood

To die a tragic death by the hand of another man- to carve ones way through destiny and shape one's future from the humblest of beginnings- to forge a legacy by a medium only those heralded as our countries "Forefathers" have per chanced to meddle with- these are the makings and the foundations for which great men and the dreams of our country rely upon.
Everyone has heard the name Alexander Hamilton, but few are familiar with his views and actions regarding the survival of the young American republic. He could be recognized for anything from serving our fledgling country by fighting in the New York militia; to serving his community as a lawyer and as a national tax agent;
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The terms of the divorce read that "she had been shameless, rude and ungodly… forgotten her duty… let her husband and child alone… [and] given herself up to whoring with everyone" (Emery 71). Though while still married she had only had two children with one other man. The comments on the divorce papers were most likely nothing more than the last words of scorn from a bitter, burned man.
Apparently her childhood would have an affect on her because all three of her children all grew up with only one parent. Alexander happened to lose his father around the same age his mother lost hers.
Alexander Hamilton, born to James Hamilton and Rachel Faucette, was assumed to be born in 1755 or 1757, it is still unknown the exact year of his birth, though most lean toward '55. Other than adding to the mystery and intrigue of Alexander Hamilton's story, this really has no bearing on his life. Emery, in his account, describes the young Hamilton as "an early and voracious reader", and that he was a "passionate devotee of books."(Emery 132) Though apparently his family's lack of financial depth and illegitimate status prevented him from attending public schools regularly. Emery notes that he does fondly recall an experience at a Jewish school in which he was frequently called upon to "rattle off the Decalogue in Hebrew, standing on a table because he was so small." This shows us that even at a young age Hamilton was considered to have delicate features and a bit of a

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