When Alexander Hamilton was 10 years old, his father abandoned him. When he was about 12 years old, his mother died of a fever. He was adopted by a cousin, who soon committed suicide. Also in those years, his aunt, uncle and grandmother also passed away. A court in St. Petersburg Croix confiscated all of his possessions, sold all of his personal belongings and passed the rest to his mother’s first husband. When he was a teenager, he and his brother were orphans, alone and in need.
Within three years, he was a successful businessman. Within a decade, he actually became chief of staff for George Washington, organizing the American Revolutionary Army and fighting heroically on the battlefield. For two decades, he was one of New York’s most successful attorneys and the author of the majority of The Federalist Papers. For three decades, he was Secretary of the Treasury and forged the modern economic and financial systems that underpinned today’s American power. Within five decades, he died at the hands of Aaron Burr.
Alexander Hamilton was the most radical, and most neglected, of America’s founding fathers. He is the most radical because
he saw that America could become a capitalist superpower, and found the institutions needed to realize this destiny.