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Alexander Hamilton Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: January 11, 1757 in Charlestown, Nevis, British West Indies
Died: July 12, 1804 in New York City, New York
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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 Treasury from 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. As this document attests, he was also a capable lawyer.
    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.

    Sale Price $1,912.50


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