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Hamilton 101: A History Of The Man Himself
Abigail October 17th, 2019
What's your name man?
With all the hype around Hamilton, the musical, it could be easy to forget Hamilton, the man behind the musical! You know all the lyrics to the Tony, Grammy and Olivier winning score so now it's time to learn all about the man himself.
Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton was born in Charlestown in Nevis, West Indies (then the British West Indies) in either 1955 or 1957 to Rachel Faucette and James A. Hamilton (the fourth son of a Scottish landowner). No one is 100% sure when Hamiton was born as records from the time are not very clear, however, Hamilton did have an older brother, James Jr. but again no one is quite sure what happened to him.
My Shot After becoming orphaned as a child Hamilton set to work as a clerk for a prestigious merchant. After a letter he wrote about the devastating effects of a hurricane upon his town was published in the Royal Danish-American Gazette the young-upstart was able to board a ship to Boston and then travel onwards to New York City in 1772.
Farmer Refuted Whilst studying at Kings College (now Columbia College) Hamilton's passion for politics was born. Hamilton wrote his first set of political writings (The Farmer Refuted) anonymously and in counter-argument to Samuel Seabury's promotion of the Loyalist cause. Alongside his studies, Hamilton joined a New York-based Militia group named Hearts of Oak. As he began to rise up the ranks, Hamilton's military and political career began to take off!
Blow Us All Away We won't go into too much detail into what happens next as there's an entire musical for that, but, here are some extra interesting things that happened in A. Ham's life!
1. Hamilton and his wife Eliza had eight children, including two named Philip. 'Little Phil' was named after his older brother.
2. Before Marilyn and Monica, there was Maria Reynolds. The affair between Hamilton and Reynolds was one of the first major political sex scandals to capture the interest of the entire nation!
3. Hamilton's world went dark in 1801 when his son died in a duel. The cause of Philip's duel was in defense of his father's name and him being called 'Damned Rascals'.
Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story Hamilton's fateful duel with Aaron Burr took place on July 11th, 1804 - he died the next day. His memory lived on in numerous contributions he made which helped shape the United States and make it the nation it is today!
You can see Hamilton's wonderful story live on stage as the 11 time Tony-winning musical is now on tour!