Alexander Hamilton's Impact On American Culture

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Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr both made an impact in our country. Hamilton was a soldier, secretary of the Treasury, and lawyer. Burr was the third vice president of the US, a member of the US Senate, and a lawyer. Both of these men helped make America what it is today, even though they did it in different ways.

Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755, in the British West Indies. He was not born into a good family, and his father abandoned him. He started working when he was 11 years old as a clerk in an accounting firm. His employers saw potential in him so they sent him to America at age 16 to receive an education, where he went to Columbia University and King's College. When the Revolutionary War started, he fought in several different battles. General George Washington was impressed with his ability and so he made Hamilton his trusted advisor. After the war was over, he went back to being a lawyer. Hamilton believed that the Articles of Confederation separated, rather than unified, the states. This caused him, with two other men, to start writing The Federalist Papers. These
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He spent more than six years as a lawyer. Being a lawyer helped him have the knowledge he needed to become a politician. He ran against Thomas Jefferson for president and tied. That meant that the House of Representatives got to decide who would be president. Hamilton convinced the members of the House that Jefferson should be president. He became vice president to Thomas Jefferson. He ran for governor of New York but lost, blaming it on Hamilton. Wanted to become President of the US. Served in the US Senate for six years. Lost second Senate to Hamilton’s father-in-law. Hamilton undermined his attempts to become President of the US. Challenged Hamilton to duel. Was charged for conspiracy and high misdemeanor. Traveled through Europe convincing people to free the Spanish

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