Even by today’s standards, Alexander Hamilton was extremely accomplished. With a knack for establishing new things and keeping a towering pile on his plate of activities, he puts the rest of us to shame and it makes one wonder how he managed to get it all done without cell phones, Internet or email. It’s too bad he isn’t still around to give us advice on work-life balance.
Founding Father of the United States
Alexander Hamilton helped lead the thirteen British colonies in the American Revolution against England. Looking for battlefield glory, Hamilton served as Washington’s chief staff aide and handled intelligence, diplomacy, negotiation and communications with Congress, state governors and the Continental Army’s highest ranking generals.
When the colonies won their independence, Alexander Hamilton was one of the men to draft and sign the U.S. Constitution.
Founder of the Nation's Financial System
Appointed by President George Washington in 1789, Hamilton became the fledgling nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury. He was responsible for economic policy, funding the states’ Revolutionary War debts, establishing a national bank, creating a system of tariffs and developing amiable trade relations with Britain, among a thousand other things.
Founder of the United States Coast Guard
To address various maritime issues after the Revolutionary War, such as smuggling, shipping control, revenue unbalance and pirating, Hamilton went through Congress to create naval police force the Revenue Cutter Service to patrol the nation’s waters. Armed with muskets, bayonets and pistols, the first ten cutters were stationed along the coastline from New England to Georgia. The Revenue Cutter Service would later become the United States Coast Guard, one of the five branches of the United States Armed Forces.
Founder of the Federalist Party
In the early 1790s, Hamilton created the Federalist Party, a national coalition of his supporters, to push his fiscal policies, which ran the federal government until 1801. It was not only the first voter-based political party in the United States but the entire world.
Founder of The New York Post newspaper
Originally the New-York Evening Post, Hamilton founded the paper as a broadsheet in 1801 with investment help from New York Federalist Party members. Although The New York Post is now a tabloid and hardly printing the kinds of stories Hamilton must have envisioned, it is still the nation’s oldest continuously published daily newspaper.
To learn more about Alexander Hamilton and his illustrious life accomplishments, check out the fifth episode of Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths, a Parcast Network podcast series.
Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths examines the lives and tragic deaths of people who changed history and influenced pop culture.