Founding Father Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

(1755-1804)

WHO HE WAS:

Alexander Hamilton was a founding father of the United States, an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution, the founder of the nation’s financial system, and the founder of the first American political party. As the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was the main author of the economic policies of George Washington's administration.

WHAT S/HE SAID:

"Those who stand for nothing fall for everything."

Hamilton was a man of strong convictions and this quote exemplifies his belief in standing firm on principles.

WHY S/HE MATTERED:

Hamilton's influence on America’s financial structure is unparalleled. He established the national bank, formulated the doctrine of implied powers, and set up a tariff system. His foresight in developing federal financial policies shaped the path of a young nation and laid the foundation for American capitalism.