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 Alexander  Hamilton
Full Name: Alexander Hamilton
Born: Jan. 11, 1757 in Charlestown, Nevis, British West Indies
Died: July 12, 1804 in New York City, New York

Alexander Hamilton was one of the most important players on the early American political scene, even though he never served as president or vice president. Hamilton served as chief of staff to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War and was later a New York delegate to the Constitutional Convention (1787), a major author of the Federalist papers, and the first secretary of the Treasury of the United States (1789-95).

In fact, Hamilton was the founder of the nation’s financial system as well as the founder of the first American political party (the Federalist Party). He was also the foremost champion of a strong central government for the new United States.

Hamilton helped defeat Aaron Burr twice, when Burr ran for president and again when he ran for governor in New York. Burr later challenged Hamilton to a duel, which cost Hamilton his life.