Nevis born Hamilton no longer worthy of honor?
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.