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Collection Alexander Hamilton Papers


A chronology of key events in the life of Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary War officer, aide-de-camp to General George Washington, and the nation’s first treasury secretary.

  • [1757], Jan. 11

    Hamilton's presumed birth date, on Nevis, British West Indies

  • 1766-1768

    Clerk, trading firm of Beekman and Cruger, St. Croix

  • 1769 

    Clerk for Nicholas Cruger, merchant, St. Croix

  • 1772

    Left St. Croix, arrived in Boston, went to New York

  • 1772-1773

    Attended Francis Barber's academy, Elizabethtown, N.J.

  • 1773

    Entered King's College (later Columbia University), New York

  • 1774

    Published A Full Vindication of the Measures of Congress from the Calumnies of Their Enemies (New York: James Rivington)

  • 1775

    Published The Farmer Refuted, Or, A More Impartial and Comprehensive View of the Dispute between Great-Britain and the Colonies (New York: James Rivington)

  • 1776

    Appointed captain of a New York artillery company

  • 1777

    Appointed aide-de-camp to George Washington with rank of lieutenant colonel

  • 1780, Dec.

    Married Elizabeth Schuyler

  • 1781, Apr. 30

    Resigned as aide-de-camp to George Washington

  • 1781, July

    Given command of New York and Connecticut light infantry battalion and was ordered to Virginia.

  • 1781, Nov.

    Retired from active military duty

  • 1782

    Appointed receiver of continental taxes for New York

    Chosen delegate from New York to the Continental Congress

    Admitted to practice of law as attorney and counselor before the New York Supreme Court of Judicature

  • 1783, July

    Resigned from Continental Congress. Opened a law office in New York

  • 1784

    Organized the Bank of New York

  • 1786

    Chosen delegate to Annapolis Convention

    Elected, New York state assembly

  • 1787

    Named delegate to the Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia

    Began series of Federalist essays

  • 1788

    Elected a delegate to New York's ratifying convention

  • 1789

    Appointed the first treasury secretary of the United States

  • 1790-1791

    Prepared four major economic reports for Congress

  • 1795, Jan. 31

    Resigned as treasury secretary

  • 1795-1796

    Wrote a series of articles under the pseudonyms Camillus and Philo Camillus

  • 1798

    Appointed inspector general of the army with rank of major general

  • 1800

    Resigned as inspector general

  • 1801

    Founded the New York Evening Post

  • 1804, July 12

    Died in New York following a duel with Aaron Burr in Weehawken, New Jersey, on July 11

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