Alexander Hamilton

Founding Father and first Secretary of the Treasury

Alexander Hamilton served as America’s first Secretary of the Treasury from 1789 to 1795. In this position, he worked under George Washington to establish America’s financial system. He also founded the Bank of New York in 1784. Before this, Hamilton served as lieutenant colonel of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and as a delegate to the Congress of the Confederation (1788-1789). Hamilton was a founder of the Federalist Party, which supported the Constitution and a strong central government. Hamilton made his living as a lawyer who opened his own law practice on Wall Street. As a writer, he founded The New York Post and was a primary author of the famous Federalist Papers. Today, we remember Hamilton as someone who came from humble means, but worked hard to find success and to change the course of American history forever.

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.”

“I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man.”

”I would die to preserve the law upon a solid foundation; but take away liberty, and the foundation is destroyed.”

“Here sir, the people govern.”

Alexander Hamilton attended King’s College, which we now call Columbia University.


Hamilton founded the United States Coast Guard.


The hit broadway show Hamilton depicts his life.


A sketch of Hamilton’s profile is featured on the ten-dollar bill.


Hamilton was born in Charlestown, in the British West Indies.