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America's Story

Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton.
1 print: engraving.
[No date found on item; "1835" pencilled on verso of mount.]
Prints & Photographs Division.
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Designed for elementary and middle school students, America's Library provides the following stories related to Alexander Hamilton:

Jump Back in Time: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Dueled to the Death, July 11, 1804.

Meet Amazing Americans: James Madison's Contribution to the Constitution.

The 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."


American 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 nation’s 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:

Madison's Treasures

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 Federalist. 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.

Religion 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.

From the Catbird Seat: Poetry & Literature at the Library of Congress

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:

Manuscript Division

Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online

A finding aid for the Alexander Hamilton Papers collection in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

Prints and Photographs Division

Prints 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 cartoons. Search 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.

Teachers Page

Primary Source Set: Alexander Hamilton

This Primary Source Set includes manuscripts, images, maps, and analysis tools to help teach about Alexander Hamilton.

Today in History

January 11

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.

February 17

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 favor.

July 11

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 unharmed.

July 17

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.

September 17

On September 17, 1787, members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution.

October 27

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.

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The 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 Hamilton.

Primary 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 Farewell Address.


Ron Chernow

Ron Chernow discusses his book Alexander Hamilton at the 2004 National Book Festival.

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