(1755 - 1804)
Alexander Hamilton was born on the British island
of Nevis, in the West Indies, on January 11, 1755. His mother was most
likely Jewish, and his father, James Hamilton, was a non-Jewish Scotsman
descended from the House of Hamilton in Ayrshire, Scotland. In the 1760s,
Alexander attended a Jewish school in Nevis, which was housed in a synagogue
in Charleston, the island's capital. The local Anglican school was not
an option for Alexander, because he was a bastard in the eyes of the
church. His mother, Rachel, had never divorced her first husband, who
was also Jewish, and her union with James was therefore not technically
marriage, making Alexander illegitimate.
After completing his education in Nevis, Alexander
moved to Charleston, South Carolina in search of a better life and career.
He became George Washington's aide during the American Revolution, was
the principal author of the Federalist Papers, and served as the United
States' first Secretary of the Treasury, under George Washington. Throughout
the rest of his life, it seems that he had no affiliation with Judaism.
Alexander Hamilton is most famous, however, for his death he
was killed in 1804 while dueling with Vice-President Aaron Burr.
Today, Hamilton's portrait can be seen on the ten