Ne­vis born Hamil­ton no longer wor­thy of honor?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

The US Trea­sury Depart­ment has pro­posed adding an as yet to be de­ter­mined woman onto the US$10 bill which Ne­visian-born Alexan­der Hamil­ton, the first Sec­re­tary of the Trea­sury and a Found­ing Fa­ther now graces.

Hamil­ton was chief staff aide to Gen­eral Ge­orge Washington, and one of the most in­flu­en­tial in­ter­preters and pro­mot­ers of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, the founder of the na­tion’s fi­nan­cial sys­tem, and the founder of the Fed­er­al­ist Party, the world’s first voter-based po­lit­i­cal party.

As Sec­re­tary of the Trea­sury, Hamil­ton was the pri­mary au­thor of the eco­nomic poli­cies of the Ge­orge Washington ad­min­is­tra­tion. Hamil­ton took the lead in the fund­ing of the states’ debts by the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment, the es­tab­lish­ment of a na­tional bank, a sys­tem of tar­iffs, and friendly trade re­la­tions with Bri­tain. He led the Fed­er­al­ist Party, cre­ated largely in sup­port of his views; he was op­posed by the Demo­cratic-Repub­li­can Party, led by Thomas Jef­fer­son and James Madi­son.

Born out of wed­lock in Ne­vis, raised in the USVI, and or­phaned as a child, Hamil­ton pur­sued a col­lege ed­u­ca­tion through the help of lo­cal wealthy men. Rec­og­nized for his abil­i­ties and tal­ent, he was sent to King’s Col­lege (now Columbia Univer­sity), in New York City. Hamil­ton played a ma­jor role in the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War. Af­ter the war, Hamil­ton was elected to the Congress of the Con­fed­er­a­tion from New York. He re­signed, to prac­tice law, and founded the Bank of New York. Hamil­ton was among those dis­sat­is­fied with the weak na­tional gov­ern­ment. He led the An­napo­lis Con­ven­tion, which suc­cess­fully in­flu­enced Congress to is­sue a call for the Philadelphia Con­ven­tion, in or­der to cre­ate a new con­sti­tu­tion. He was an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant at Philadelphia; and he helped achieve rat­i­fi­ca­tion by writ­ing 51 of the 85 in­stall­ments of The Fed­er­al­ist Pa­pers.

To this day, it is the sin­gle most im­por­tant ref­er­ence for Con­sti­tu­tional in­ter­pre­ta­tion.

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