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Hamilton and Jefferson Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jeffersons contrasting political philosophies had one thing in common they both created a strong government and society in the new American republic Throughout his life Hamilton was shaped into a loyal patriot but he regarded people with cynicism Jefferson was also a patriot but he saw people at their best at all times Both would become president Washingtons chief advisers and their political dissent culminated in two rivaling political parties the Republicans and Democrats To understand their political views their lives must be analyzed Alexander Hamilton was one of the youngest and most brilliant founders of the United States He was born of Scottish and French descent in the British West Indies in 1757 At age fifteen Hamilton was sent to study in New York City The Revolutionary war began while he was attending Kings College and as early as 1774 Hamilton had sided with the patriots When the war was inevitable he enlisted in a New York artillery company He soon became a captain and was introduced to George Washington From 1777-81 Hamilton served on Washingtons staff as a lieutenant colonel where the two developed a close friendship This friendship with Washington had tremendous benefits it helped him marry well and it helped him become a powerful political influence During the war Hamilton decided that the new country would need a strong central government He advocated the writing of a new constitution to replace the weak Articles of Confederation Hamiltons beliefs consisted of a limited monarchy for the United States believing that like Britain it was still the best form of government He also regarded his fellow human beings with cynicism believing that people were interested in their own self perseverance and not that of the country In 1788 his contributions to The Federalist revealed him as one of the chief political thinkers in the country His political prowess assured him a spot in Washingtons
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