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quotation: I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man. Alexander Hamilton


I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man.

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today’s image Alexander Hamilton (Image: Library of Congress)



Alexander Hamilton
American patriot and statesman Alexander Hamilton, the illegitimate son of a Scottish merchant, was born on St. Croix probably on January 11, 1755. After showing remarkable promise in finance, the young Hamilton was sent by a benefactor to King’s College in New York. In 1776, Hamilton joined the Continental Army, where he soon joined George Washington’s staff. After the war, Hamilton became active in New York politics, gaining a reputation as a supporter of a strong central government. In the struggle for the ratification of the Constitution, Hamilton collaborated with James Madison and John Jay in writing the Federalist Papers, which were instrumental in the passage of the Constitution. In 1789, newly elected President George Washington named Hamilton secretary of the treasury. During his tenure, Hamilton established the National Bank, introduced an excise tax, suppressed the Whiskey Rebellion and spearheaded the effort for the federal government to assume the debts of the states. In the presidential election of 1800, Hamilton broke the deadlock between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr by supporting Jefferson. The enmity between Hamilton and his longtime political enemy Burr grew worse during the 1804 campaign for governor of New York. Finally, on July 11, at Weehawken, N.J., the two men fought a duel. Hamilton was shot and died the next day of his injuries.

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quotation: A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous. Alexander Hamilton


A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.

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quotation: Alexander Hamilton


Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.

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quotation: Alexander Hamilton – Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.


Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.

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QUOTATION: Alexander Hamilton


A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.

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QUOTATION: Alexander Hamilton


It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.

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Quotation: Alexander Hamilton


The history of human conduct does not warrant that exalted opinion of human virtue which would make it wise in a nation to commit interests of so delicate and momentous a kind, as those which concern its intercourse with the rest of the world, to the sole disposal of a magistrate.

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Quotation: Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) on nations existence and their resources


In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources.

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This Day in the yesteryear: FORMER US VICE PRESIDENT AARON BURR ARRESTED FOR TREASON (1807)


Former US Vice President Aaron Burr Arrested for Treason (1807)

Nearly three years after killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel, former US Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested on unrelated charges of treason. Though the exact details of his plan were a mystery even then, he was accused of plotting to establish an independent country of his own, possibly in the American Southwest. He was treated well while imprisoned at Fort Stoddert and was eventually acquitted, but his political career was destroyed. Which of his co-conspirators turned on him? More… Discuss

 

Today’s Quotation: Alexander Hamilton – on State Constitutions


Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.

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