Posted by: Ron DuBour | March 6, 2012

American Heroes~ALEXANDER HAMILTON (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804)~by rldubour

ALEXANDER HAMILTON (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804)


He was born in the West Indies
On an island called Nevis.
The fourth son of a Scottish laird
Would be known for his avis.

His Mother was Rachel Fawcett
His Father was James Hamilton.
Rachel was already married
Moved from St. Croix, she left a son.

There is some uncertainty
As to the year Alex was born.
Aware of his illicit birth
Always sensitive he would scorn.

Father abandoned the family
Mom passed in seventeen-sixty eight.
The son from Nevis had appeared
All the valuables he did take.

Young Alexander now orphaned
Went to work for Nicholas Cruger.
Had impressive flair for business
Kept clear and accurate ledger.

A Presbyterian minister
From the island of St. Croix.
He had influenced Hamilton
Of practical evils and joy.

From a remarkable letter
Alex wrote and was recounting.
Was then Mr. Cruger and Knox
Sent young Hamilton for schooling.

They sent him to America
In seventeen-hundred-seventy-three.
He attended King’s College
Known as Columbia University.

In seventeen-hundred-seventy-five
A company called Hearts of Oak.
Formed from the New York militia
An artillery unit he did evoke.

In Boston he trained volunteers
At the graveyard of St. Paul’s Chapel.
He led the first engagement
To fight the British he’d grapple.

An American politician
A statesman and financier.
Founded the Federalist Party
And a military officer.

Had clout in the new Government
First Secretary of the Treasury.
Until an insulting remark about Burr
A duel was set in New Jersey.

An exchange of three testy letters
July eleventh, eighteen and four.
Dead was Alexander Hamilton
Was shot and killed by Aaron Burr.



 Avis:A*vis”, n. [F. avis. See Advice.] Advice; opinion; deliberation. [Obs.] –Chaucer.
(January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804)
Hamilton’s mother had been married to Johann Michael Lavien on the island of St. Croix. When she moved to Nevis she left a son from that marriage. (The spelling of Lavien varies; this is Hamilton’s version, which may be a Sephardic spelling of Levine. The couple may have lived apart from one another under an order of legal separation; since Rachel was the guilty party, re-marriage was impossible. Hugh Knox, a Presbyterian minister, came to St. Croix. He opened his library to Hamilton and preached about the practical evils produced by slavery. He influenced Hamilton greatly; some biographers derive Hamilton’s opposition to slavery from Knox. He won the interest of Nathanial Greene and George Washington by the proficiency and bravery he displayed in the campaign of 1776 around New York City, particularly at the Battle of Harlem Heights. Hamilton achieved the rank of lieutenant, studied military history and tactics on his own and, under fire from the HMS Asia, led a successful raid for British cannon in the Battery, the capture of which resulted in the Hearts of Oak becoming an artillery company thereafter. He was the first Secretary of the Treasury and had much influence over the rest of the Government and the formation of policy, including foreign policy. He convinced Congress to use an elastic interpretation of the Constitution to pass far-reaching laws. They included the creation of a national debt, federal assumption of the state debts, creation of a national bank, On December 14, 1780; he married Elizabeth Schuyler, daughter of General Philip Schuyler, and thus joined one of the richest and most political families in the state of New York. 


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