Adams served as the first Vice President of the United States under
George Washington from 1790 to 1796, and later became the second
President of the United States from 1796 to 1800. He and Alexander Hamilton
were bitter enemies.
- Benedict Arnold was an American military officer who
defected to the British Army during the Revolutionary War. Hamilton
tried to capture Arnold in New York, arriving minutes after Arnold
Burr served as Thomas Jefferson's Vice President from 1800 to 1804.
Hamilton loathed Burr because he believed Burr was involved in
politics only to benefit himself. When Burr ran for Governor of New
York in 1804, Hamilton wrote a series of essays denouncing Burr.
Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel. The two men fought on July
11, 1804, and Burr shot Hamilton once. Hamilton died from his wounds
the next day.
Clinton served for many years as the Governor of New York. He was
Hamilton's primary political rival for many years.
- Nicholas Cruger was a merchant on the island of St.
Croix. The young Alexander Hamilton served as Cruger's clerk for
a time during his teenage years. When Cruger realized that Hamilton
possessed a keen intellect, he encouraged Alexander to attend college and
receive an education.
- Rachel Fawcett was Alexander Hamilton's mother. She
left her first husband, the abusive John Lavien, and later met
James Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton's father. Rachel died in 1768
Genet was the French ambassador to the United States in the 1790s.
Genet attempted to recruit American soldiers to fight for France
in their wars in Europe and used American ports to launch French naval
attacks against the British. Hamilton eventually convinced George
Washington to expel Genet, but Genet feared reprisals in his own
country and requested to remain in the United States.
- James Hamilton, St. was Alexander Hamilton's
father. He left Rachel and Alexander in 1766 after discovering
that Rachel was still technically married to her husband John Lavien.
Although Alexander never saw his father again, the two continued
to write until James, Sr.'s death.
- Both Alexander Hamilton's first and last sons were
named Philip. Hamilton's first son was shot to death in a duel
at King's College at the age of nineteen. In honor of his firstborn,
Hamilton christened his last child Philip as well.
Jay helped Alexander Hamilton write the Federalist Papers to convince
the American people to ratify the new Constitution. In 1794, Jay
traveled to Great Britain to represent the United States in settling several
disputes between the two nations. Jay was also involved in the
XYZ Affair when he went to Paris in 1797 to discuss terms of peace
with France. He later became the first Chief Justice of the Supreme
- Thomas Jefferson was Alexander Hamilton's chief political
rival when they both served in George Washington's cabinet. They
disagreed on how the Constitution should be interpreted. Jefferson
later served as the third President of the United States.
Reverend Hugh Knox
- The Reverend Hugh Knox was a Presbyterian minister
on the island of St. Croix in the Caribbean. Knox and Nicholas
Cruger encouraged Hamilton to attend college in the American colonies, and
Knox even arranged an interview for Hamilton at the College of
New Jersey, now known as Princeton University.
Lansing, along with Robert Yates, worked against Hamilton at the
Lavien was Rachel Fawcett's first and only husband. Together they
had one son named Peter. When Rachel died, Lavien took all of her
money and gave it to Peter without leaving any to help support
the young Alexander Hamilton.
testified at the court-martial of American General Charles Lee for
having disobeyed several of George Washington's direct military
commands at the Battle of Monmouth. Hamilton's testimony helped convict
Madison helped Hamilton and John Jay author the Federalist Papers.
He also served as Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of State and was
later elected the fourth President of the United States.
Monroe confronted Hamilton in 1792 with rumors of Hamilton's affair
with Maria Reynolds. Hamilton convinced Monroe to keep the affair
quite, but Monroe broke his word in 1797, forcing Hamilton to issue
a public apology. Monroe served as a prominent member of Congress
before eventually becoming the fifth President of the United States.
Hamilton had an affair with Maria Reynolds in 1791 and 1792. The
affair was made public by James Monroe in 1797.
- Hamilton married Betsey
Schuyler, the daughter of a prominent American general, in 1780. The
couple had eight children altogether.
Troup attended King's College with Hamilton. The two served together
in the King's College volunteer militia and Troup later helped Hamilton
prepare to become a lawyer in New York City.
- George Washington served as the commander-in-chief
of the United States Army and Navy during the Revolutionary War.
Washington later served as the first President of the United States.
Hamilton and Washington were close friends, and Washington often relied
upon Hamilton's wisdom and judgment.
- John Witherspoon was the president of the College
of New Jersey when Hamilton applied to the school in the 1770s.
In 1776, Witherspoon also signed the Declaration of Independence.
Yates helped John Lansing derail Hamilton's influence at the Philadelphia