ALEXANDER HAMILTON - EPHEMERA UNSIGNED - HFSID 250630
Sale Price $1,912.50
ALEXANDER HAMILTON'S HAIRTen authenticated strands of Alexander Hamilton's hair Ephemera Unsigned: Expertly displayed on an 8½x11 page bearing a printed portrait, a reproduction of an old engraving and an illustration of the original early 19th century presentation. The page also documents the provenance, and there is additional documentation accompanying these strands. PROVENANCE: The hair came from an early 19th century frame that not only contained Hamilton's hair, but also strands from Mrs. Hamilton, Mrs. Jonathan Trumball Jr., and Jonathan Trumball Jr. TRUMBALL JR.(1740-1809) was Secretary to George Washington from 1780-1783, while Hamilton served Washington as his Aide-de-Camp during that period. Trumball Jr., a Federalist, was an admirer of Hamilton. The entire ensemble and its presentation was sold by the New York Historical Society in the late 1800s and remained in the original purchaser's family until it was sold at auction in 1998. At some point between the time that the collection was sold in 1998 and came to the Gallery of History, it was broken up. The 1998 auction purchaser is the largest collector of famous hair and is listed in the Guinness 1999 Book of Records. The page to which these strands are attached shows a reproduction of the original presentation of the locks when they were in the frame and summarizes the points of provenance. ALEXANDER HAMILTON(1757-1804), an aide (and sometime field commander) for George Washington during the American Revolutionary War, was a delegate to the Continental Congress from New York (1782, 1783 and 1788), a delegate to the U.S. Constitution Convention (1787), and served as President George Washington's Secretary of the Treasuryfrom 1789-1795. Although - as the most outspoken advocate of a strong central government and chief executive - Hamilton's influence at the Constitutional Conventional was slight, he emerged as one of the most persuasive advocates for ratification, writing 51 of the 85 letters in support of the Constitution later known as The Federalist Papers. (James Madison wrote 29 of the pieces, John Jay five). Some consider him the greatest Treasury Secretary in U.S. history, architect of such policies as assumption of the state debt by the US government and of a protective tariff to foster an independent US industrial base. Hamilton's efficient revenue collection did provoke opposition, however. The enactment of a tax on whiskey in May 1792, three months before the release of this circular, triggered an attack on tax collectors known as the Whiskey Rebellion. An intellectual and political foe of Thomas Jefferson, he nevertheless persuaded some of his fellow Federalist legislators to cast their votes for Jefferson - in preference to Aaron Burr - when the Presidential election of 1800 was resolved in the House of Representatives. Shot and mortally wounded in a duel with Burr on July 11, 1804, Hamilton died the next day. Fine condition.
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