Essay on An Assessment On The Virtue Of Alexander Hamilton

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An Assessment on the Virtue of Alexander Hamilton
“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore...grow up to be a hero and a scholar?” opens the hit Broadway play Hamilton (Miranda). That question sums up the beginning and end of the life of Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father of the United States, fairly well. He was born into poverty in the British West Indies, where eventually his father left him and his mother died. Nevertheless, thanks to hard work and determination, Hamilton went to college and became a key figure in American history. He fought in the American Revolution, helped form the Constitution, and established the Nnational Bbank. However, he also cheated on his wife, competed in a duel with a fellow congressman, and aggressively campaigned against his political enemy (“Alexander Hamilton Biography”). Despite his shortcomings, Alexander Hamilton was a great man due to his persistence to succeed, ability to make sound tactical decisions, and willingness to stand up for what he believed in.
Like many great men, Alexander Hamilton never gave up on his goals. Hamilton’s father left before he turned eleven years old, forcing Hamilton to get a job to support his family. Unfortunately, this family was ephemeral, as Hamilton’s mother died less than five years later. Yet. despite this setback, Hamilton continued to work hard and support himself. This prompted Hamilton’s employers, who were impressed by his accounting skills, to fund a voyage for him to go to New York so…

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