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Alexander Hamilton and His Contributions to the Constitutional Convention Alexander Hamilton was the one to first suggest that the Constitutional Convention be called in May of 1787 in Philadelphia He was one of the three delegates of New York at the time 1782-83 He had a plan of government already outlined to be held over the current feeble system of the Articles of Confederation He was a very strong advocate when it came to the government As Secretary of the Treasury under George Washington he presented a broad financial program to the first Congress He stated that the United States assumed full responsibility for its Revolutionary debts and for the war debts of the states He also said that a Bank of the United States be chartered Many had some doubts about him Being that he was a lawyer and banker he was seen as a more wealthy man to be unsure of if they had the best in mind for their country or not On top of Hamiltons plans was the tariff on imported goods and a chain of eliminated taxes These measures were hoped to strengthen the national government His plan for government did not attract support at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 At the end of the long assembly he admitted No mans ideas were more remote from the final draft of the Constitution than his own were known to be Even with that he had still been a part of the Committee of Style that formed the completed document He was the only one of the three delegates from his state to sign the document Hamiltons views usually won over with the President especially in 1793 when his challenger Jefferson left the government But family and financial needs forced Hamilton to resign from the Treasury Department He took up his law practice in New York
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