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.
A founding father’s house is in the middle of a Harlem park. Hamilton Grange, the former of home of Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton built the Federal-style home in 1802, but died in that famous duel with Aaron Burr two years later. The house was moved from its original location to Convent Avenue in 1889, and made the journey to its current resting place in St. Nicholas Park in 2008.
Portrait of Alexander Hamilton, by John Trumbull. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Deadly Duel: Vice President Burr Kills Alexander Hamilton.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/deadly-duel-vice-president-burr-kills-alexander-hamilton.html