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Alexander Hamilton was not born in America but during its founding he helped set it on the course to becoming the world power it is today As a lawyer he argued many cases and helped establish precedents on certain issues In his most important role as the countrys first secretary of the treasury he created the governments financial system and helped get a burgeoning country on its feet Alexander Hamilton was born 1757 on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies His family moved to the island of St Croix in 1765 and a year later his father left Alexander and his mother At the age of nine Hamilton went to work as a clerk in Christiansted the main city on the island The merchant Hamilton clerked for Nicholas Cruger would be a great help to him At the age of fifteen and with the aid of Cruger Hamilton was sent to go to school in New York After catching up on his academics Hamilton spoke with Dr John Witherspoon the President of Princeton Hamilton said that he wished to enter with the understanding that he should be permitted to advance from class to class with as much rapidity as his exertions would enable him to do This proposal embodied Hamiltons character He was eager to learn and would not be held back by anyone elses rules He was turned down but made the same proposal to Kings College now Columbia University and they ag reed In 1774 he had the chance to write his first piece of journalism His two articles A full vindication of the measures of congress and the farmer refuted were in response to another article written attacking the embargo on trade with Britain that had been proposed by the first Continental Congress This would be the first of countless articles written expressing his opinions on politics and the state of affairs in this new government When
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