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The Fascinating Biography that Took Alexander Hamilton to the Bright Lights of Broadway

Alexander Hamilton’s life is perhaps best known for its end: he was mortally wounded in a duel with political rival Aaron Burr. But his personal life and political achievements are fascinating, impressive, and—until recently—underappreciated. Here is a man who, though featured on our ten-dollar bill, many Americans know little about. I was certainly one of them.

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Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow concludes that while no relationship can be conclusively proven, he is led to believe that Hamilton had "at the very least" an "adolescent crush" on Laurens. Chernow also states that "Hamilton did not form friendships easily and never again revealed his interior life to another man as he had to Laurens. After the death of John Laurens, Hamilton shut off some compartment of his emotions and never reopened it." #Hamilton

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When "Hamilton" enthusiast and Atlanta resident Cressie Teague Lewis found out about Hamilton’s America, the documentary about the making of the Broadway mega-hit, she couldn’t resist throwing a premiere party to celebrate the film’s broadcast. Teague Lewis has yet to see the musical, but fell in love with it after a few theater friends told her about it and she listened to the soundtrack. She went on to read the Ron Chernow biography that writer/producer Lin-Manuel Miranda loo...

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Ron Chernow and Lin-Manuel Miranda to Be Honored by New-York Historical Society The men behind Hamilton will receive the 2015 History Makers Award.

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