Alexander Hamilton was born on this day in 1755, and in 1789 he became the first United States Secretary of the Treasury. The visionary, who foresaw the need for a strong system of national government, was the primary contributor to The Federalist Papers, co-authored by James Madison and John Jay.
Hamilton, who served with George Washington in the American Revolution  has recently gained pop-culture fame by Pulitzer Prize winning author Lin-Manuel Miranda who in 2016 received a Pulitzer Prize for his hip-hop Broadway musical Hamilton – the portrayal of both the genius and self-destructive tendencies of one of America’s founding fathers .
The Alexander Hamilton Papers are available to view online through the New York Public Library.
1. “The Pulitzer Prizes.” Columbia University, 2017. Accessed January 11, 2017. http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/lin-manuel-miranda
2. Chasity Moreno. “Hamilton, An American Musical: A Reading and Resource List.” New York Public Library, April 26, 2016. Accessed January 11, 2017. https://www.nypl.org/blog/2016/04/26/hamilton-musical-resources