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Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton (1755—1804) was a Founding Father of the United States of America. He served as chief staff aide to General George Washington, leader of the Annapolis Convention, and the first Secretary of the Treasury. Hamilton wrote fifty-one of the eighty-five Federalist Papers, the most authoritative source for interpretation of the Constitution today. Hamilton died in a duel against Aaron Burr in 1804.

Editor's Note: Alexander Hamilton delivered the following speech in support of the Constitution to the New York Ratifying Convention on June 24, 1788. I am persuaded, Mr. Chairman,...