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Once the war ended, Alexander Hamilton settled in New York, and began his great legal career.

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Alexander Hamilton Once the war ended, Alexander Hamilton settled in New York, and began his great legal career. In this time, he had served in the Continental Congress in 1782 and gained experience for his law practice. However, the most famous thing he did at that time was the key part he played in the 1786 Annapolis Convention, which addressed issues in interstate commerce. It was his role in the convention, which highlighted the terrible government established under the Articles of Confederation. Most importantly, it established his reputation as the primary supporter of a strong central government for the newly independent colonies. He attended the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, but his open support of strong government above all his suggestion of electing a president for life, placed him in the minority. Hamilton viewed of the constitution in a different way than most other government figures at that time. ...read more.


He proposed the founding of a national bank, paying off the national debt, assuming the state war debts, and the encouragement of manufacturing. Hamilton's policies shortly brought him into conflict with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Their disputes with him was over his pro-business economic program, sympathies for Great Britain, disregard for the common man, and opposition to the principles and extremes of the French revolution contributed to the formation of the original American party system. It put Hamilton and the Federalist Party, which no longer exists against Jefferson, Madison, and the Republicans. During most of the Washington administration, Hamilton's views usually came through with the President, especially after 1793 when Jefferson left the office. In 1795, family needs forced Hamilton to resign from the Treasury and resume his law practice in New York City. Except for a period as the inspector-general of the Army from 1798 to 1800 during the undeclared war with France, he never again held public office. ...read more.


In 1804, when Burr sought after the governorship of New York, Hamilton again managed to defeat him. That same year, Burr, taking offense at remarks he believed to have originated with Hamilton, challenged him to a duel. The duel took place at Weehawken, NJ, on July 11 1804. Hamilton was severely wounded and died the next day. He was in his late forties at the time of his death. He was buried in Trinity Churchyard in New York City. Hamilton's views and opinions are still used by leaders of present times. He was a precedent for every Secretary of the Treasury. He was one of the most prominent figures of present time of the development of the United States economic system. Hamilton was personally responsible for bringing the United States of America out of debt. A cowardly, jealous man, who was disturbed because he was not good enough for the people of the U.S., killed him. Hamilton's mug on the $10 bill is the only non-presidential face on U.S. currency except for Benjamin Franklin. ...read more.

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