Designed for elementary and middle school students, America's
Library provides the following stories related to Alexander
Back in Time: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Dueled
to the Death, July 11, 1804.
Amazing Americans: James Madison's Contribution to the
The Congress.gov Web site provides the full text of the Federalist
Papers, a series of eighty-five essays urging the citizens
of New York to ratify the new United States Constitution.
Written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay,
the essays originally appeared anonymously in New York newspapers
in 1787 and 1788 under the pen name "Publius."
Treasures of the Library of Congress
This exhibition provides unique insight into various
aspects of American history and culture. Objects displayed
are organized according to the three categories that
Thomas Jefferson used for his library: memory, reason,
and imagination. The exhibition includes the following
documents pertaining to Alexander Hamilton:
Creating the United States
This online exhibition offers insights into how the
founding documents were forged and the role that imagination
and vision played in the unprecedented creative act of
forming a self–governing country. The following
documents and images relate to Alexander Hamilton:
The majority of the documents in this exhibition relate
to James Madison's role in the drafting and ratification
of the Constitution and the introduction of the Bill
of Rights. The exhibition includes Thomas
Jefferson's annotated copy of The
This particular copy of The Federalist was
owned by Hamilton's wife, Elizabeth, who gave it to
her sister, Angelica Church, from whom her friend,
Thomas Jefferson, acquired it.
and Founding of the American Republic
This exhibit explores the role that religion played
in the founding of the American colonies, in the shaping
of early American life and politics, and in forming the
American Republic. A section entitled Religion
and the Federal Government contains Alexander Hamilton's
draft of Washington's Farewell Address.
A blog celebrating the Poetry and Literature Center and the wealth of literary resources at the Library of Congress, as well as engaging with current topics in literature. The following blog entries relate to Alexander Hamilton:
Division Finding Aids Online
A finding aid for the Alexander
Hamilton Papers collection
in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.
and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading Hamilton,
Alexander, 1757 1804 to find digital images related
to Hamilton such as prints, photographs, and political
all text fields in PPOC using the phrase Alexander
Hamilton to locate additional images.
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the
Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections
document achievements in architecture, engineering, and
design in the United States, including the Hamilton
Grange National Memorial. Named after
his family's ancestral home in Scotland, Hamilton lived
in "the Grange" from 1802-04.
Primary Source Set: Alexander Hamilton
This Primary Source Set includes manuscripts, images, maps, and analysis tools to help teach about Alexander Hamilton.
Alexander Hamilton, the first treasury secretary of the United States, was born on January 11 in either 1755 or 1757, on the Caribbean island of Nevis in the British West Indies. Hamilton claimed 1757 as his birth year, but probate papers recorded shortly after his mother’s death indicate that 1755 is the correct year.
On February 17, 1801, presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson
won support of a majority of congressional representatives
and was elected president over Aaron Burr. Just three years
after his vice-presidential inauguration, Burr shot and
fatally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Hamilton,
a longtime political antagonist of Burr, played a key role
in breaking the congressional stalemate in Jefferson's
At dawn on the morning of July 11, 1804, political antagonists
and personal enemies Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
met on the heights of Weehawken, New Jersey, to settle
their longstanding differences with a duel. The participants
fired their pistols in close succession. Burr's shot
met its target immediately, fatally wounding Hamilton
and leading to his death the following day. Burr escaped
On July 17, 1754, King's College opened in New York
City. The Anglican academy later became the venerable
institution, Columbia University. Alexander Hamilton
attended King's College from 1774–76.
On September 17, 1787, members of the Constitutional Convention
signed the final draft of the Constitution.
The first in a series of eighty-five essays by "Publius," the
pen name of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John
Jay, appeared in the New York Independent
Journal on October
27, 1787. "Publius" urged New Yorkers to support
ratification of the Constitution approved by the Constitutional
Convention on September 17, 1787.
Digital Reference Section Web Guides
American Founders Online: An Annotated Guide to Their
Papers and Publications
The digital resources described in this guide provide
online access, in varying degrees, to the personal papers
and/or publications of the major founders of the American
Republic, including Alexander
Documents in American History
This site offers a list of some of the most important
documents in American history from 1763 to 1877. Each
document has a page with background information, links
to digital material associated with the documents, and
bibliographies for both adult and young readers. Many
of the documents contain information related to Alexander
Hamilton, including the Constitution, the Federalist
Papers, and Washington's
Ron Chernow discusses his book Alexander
the 2004 National Book Festival.