Alexander Hamilton

Brief introduction

Alexander Hamilton born in 1755 in British West Indies, served in the Revolutionary army as lieutenant-colonel, an aide to George Washington. His povital roles were defining the governmental mechanisms for managing national economy, his career in military aspects and his contribution to the Constitution. Although he had become one iconic figure shaping American Revolution, but yet Hamilton’s image in the American consciousness remains cloudy and vaguely negative.

Hamilton’s contribution

He is not Jefferson and Lincoln like who is able to capture and remain as the great great American founding father. Hamilton emphasized self-interes as the prime mover of human affairs, Jefferson exalted the ability of humankind to realize virtuous ideals; Hamilton championed strong government, Jefferson championed the individual; Hamilton issued the Report on Manufactures, Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence; he concerned himself with the intricacies of finance and federal power; Jefferson foinded the University of Virginia and invented the dumbwaiter.

Above all, Hamilton was a staunch opponent of the institution. His vision of the United States as a global power stabilized by capilaism proved prophetic.

Hamilton as A Revolutionary Soldier

At first, Hamilton sympathized with the British and thus makes him not appreciate the demands of American patriots. But later, he then defended the Boston Tea Party and attempted to bind colonies and Britain treated equal. As the prove, British Parlianment and King didn’t cede any significant degree. The battle of Lexington then  was the evidence for the colonies that there would be no piece between colonies and British. Soon after that, Hamilton enrolled New York militia and in 1775 accepted an appointment as captain of the New York Artillery Company. Because of his achievement as Washington aide-de-camp, he was increasingly repected by New York political leaders who admired his valued and eloquence proximity to Washington and detailed knowledge of the course of the war.

One proposal hamilton supported, as the British pressed the war in the South; was for the American Army to enlist slaves there as they had ocasionally done in the North. But the idea struck to the heart of many whites’ fears of black rebellion. As the consequence, the proposal never managed to overcome the strnuous objections of Southern legislatures, but it reveals the striking distance between Hamilton and Jefferson on the question of slavery.

During a war years, nonetheless, Hamilton acquired a wide reputation as a brave soldies, a gentleman of refined sentimenst, a writer and rhetorician of redoubtale nted and a man of supreme confindence who seemed to have a solution for every problem to be perfectly willing to distinguish his own views from his superiors, including Washington.


As a New York delegate to the Constituional Conventiona, Hamilton initially had to compete with Robers yates and John Lansinf, jr. Hamilton’s role in the framing and ratification of the Constitution was a curious one. He didn’t prove to be a particularly distinguished or influential delegate at the Conviention—many members thought his proposals went too far in strengthening the central government. The ideas Hamilton presented on June 18, 1787, after approximately a month of peripheral involvement, included some shockers: state governors would be appoionted by the President; the President and Senators would hold office for life; and the Congress would retain exclusive authority to make all the laws of the country. Thus to say that Hamilton tried to put American into monarchy. The second major distinguishing feature of Hamilton’s political philosophy was its emphasis on enegetic government: he belived that the government should be proactive in economic and military affairs, have the power to supersede the lower governments (as at the state level), and be able to exercise authority directly on the people.

Secretary of the Treasury

Hamilton is best known for this tenure as the Secretary of the Treasure for his vision centralized on the most essential things resolving american financial problem after its revolution. Those are: Govermern must: promote the public good; Actively encourage manufacturing; Responsible for country’s debt:$50 million debt; Standardize&control the currency system through national bank; Link the interest of wealthy citizens with the gov’s success and most importantly, maintain friendly ties with Britain


Although he has been acquianted with wide reputations, his fame nver reached the critical mass of Washington’s or Jefferson’s. Hamilton, shortly, is a clear headed economic wizard with a suspiciously positive attitude toward Britain. Therefore, as the conclusion of best explaination why is that Hamilton has limited the reach of his image in the American consciousness was, has to do with his beliefs regarding his countryment.



About Renny Candradewi Puspitarini

Lecturer at Panca Marga University Faculty of Social Science and Political Science Department of Public Administration

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