Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804)
King’s College 1774–1776
Alexander Hamilton was a Colonel at the Neshaminy Encampment and served as George Washington’s secretary at the War Council on August 20th at the Moland House.
Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of the nation. He joined James Madison and John Jay in writing The Federalist Papers, essays considered the defining discourse on American government. As the nation’s first secretary of the treasury, he laid the groundwork for the American economic system. An advocate of a strong central government, he promoted pro-business policies that spurred the growth of New York as a financial center. He helped found the Bank of New York and the New York Evening Post. He was throughout his life opposed to slavery and openly scornful of those who defended “the peculiar institution.”