The home state of Alexander Hamilton was New York, but his place of birth was Nevis, British West Indies. . He was a product of an adulterous affair. When his mother, Rachel Fawcett Lavine, was thrown out, she moved in with Hamilton's biological father; however it was not long before his father, James, abandoned them when Hamilton was still a baby.Continue Reading
Hamilton began working at a tender age of 11 as a clerk at an accounting firm. His hard work and efforts impressed his employer, a businessman Nicholas Cruger, who decided to send him to school in the United States. He immigrated to the United States in 1772 to study. He joined King's College, which is now known as Columbia University. He was much interested in politics and wrote his first article in 1774 to support the patriots.
He left college before graduating to join the army and fought several wars after which he became General George Washington's assistant and adviser. He left his job as an adviser in 1782 and was appointed inspector general in 1789. His job ended when the U.S and France reached a peaceful agreement.
He later studied law and established a practice in New York. He served as the secretary of the treasury between 1789 and 1795. Hamilton played a crucial role in ratifying the New York's constitution. He stepped down in 1795 as a secretary and died on July 12, 1804, after succumbing to wounds.Learn more about US History