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Alexander Hamilton was born in St. Croix in 1755 or 1757. Hamilton's father abandoned the family and his mother died when he was 14. He was befriended by a wealthy gentlemen, who sent him to New York in 1773 to attend boarding school.

He arrived just in time for the American Revolution. His teachers noticed that he was brilliant. By 1776, he was writing widely read pamphlets about the revolutionary cause. During the Revolutionary War, he served as George Washington's right hand man.

He was a member of the Constitutional Convention. He wrote most of the Federalist papers, which were a defense of the Constitution. When Washington became president, he made Hamilton head of the first Treasury Department.

His fortunes began to change after John Adams became president. Thomas Jefferson became Hamiltion's ardent opponent. Hamilton struggled to keep his political career alive, but got into a fight with Aaron Burr. Burr challenged him to a duel and killed him. Hamilton was not yet 50 years old when he died.
This report prepared by Susanna Marlowe








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Plot & Themes

Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Politician story?    -   revolutionary (non-communist) Period of greatest activity?    -   1700's

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Washington D.C. Century:    -   18th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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