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The Alexander Hamilton Collection

1791-1794

Summary

Creator: Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804

Date: 1791-1794

Size: .15 linear feet (1 box)

Source: Various gifts

Abstract: Alexander Hamilton was a soldier, attorney and statesman. He was appointed first Secretary of the Treasury. This collection represents documents from the period of 1791/1794 during his tenure at the treasury.  The documents are signed by Hamilton.

Access: Advanced Notice Required

Preferred citation: Alexander Hamilton Collection, Local History and Special Collections, Elizabeth Free Public Library

Processing note: Brian P Murray, 2016

Creator History

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), was born to a Scottish father, James Hamilton and a native born settler of the Island of Nevis, Rachel Faucette. After moving to St Croix, and living there for a while with his mother, he was orphaned by the age of thirteen, ultimately supporting himself by working in the counting house of Beekman and Cruger. Arriving in the North American Colonies to attend University, he first attended the Elizabethtown Academy then under the direction of Francis Barber. During this period, Hamilton boarded with Elias Boudinot and then with the Livingston family.  During the Revolution, Hamilton gained the rank of Captain and ended his service as aid de camp to General Washington. Afterwards he would remain in New York to start a law practice and help found The Bank of New York. An active member of the Philadelphia Convention which formed to ratify the Constitution of the United States, Hamilton was eventually appointed first Secretary of the Treasury. Hamilton then served as Major General during the Quasi War. In 1800 he, Brockholst Livingston and Aaron Burr formed the defense council for the Levi Weeks trial (the first murder trial in US history). In June of 1804, Hamilton succumbed to a fatal gunshot wound inflicted by his former colleague Aaron Burr.

Scope and Content Note
The Alexander Hamilton papers dated 1791-1794 consist of two stock certificates and two redemption documents. They are printed in government circular form and bear the cancelled signature of Hamilton.

Key Terms

Subjects

Department of the Treasury – United States

Finance, public –United States

Occupations

Statesmen

Businessmen

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Federal Financial Vehicles

Geographic Names

United States – Finance and Government

South Carolina -- Finance

Georgia – Finance

Names

Hamilton, Alexander, 1755-1804
Neufville, John, 1727-1804
Nourse, Joseph, 1754- 1841
Walcott (Jr), Oliver, 1760-1833
Coyners, John, 1770-1799
Colhoun, Gustavas, 1765- 1849
Wylly, Richard, 1723- 1803
Kershaw, Joseph, 1727-1791

 

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