Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s greatest statesmen, was born January 11, 1757. Although his achievements are too vast to summarize in a short blog post, here are five highlights:
- He became George Washington’s most able and trusted aide during the Revolutionary War. Hamilton joined the war at age eighteen. Two years later, General Washington, having observed his competence and leadership skills, promoted him to aide-de-camp. Washington entrusted Hamilton to attend high-level meetings and to help draft letters to governors, generals, and Congress. Later Hamilton issued orders on behalf of Washington. At Yorktown he commanded an infantry, eluded enemy fire, captured soldiers, and helped force the British to surrender.
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