The Misunderstood Genius of the Revolutionary Era

At some point I will write extensively about Hamilton. For now, please read this excellent profile by Don McClarey. It’s a magnificent summary of his life. It also has a picture perfect conclusion:

Poor Alexander Hamilton, the most misunderstood of the Founding Fathers. He was defamed by both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in life, and had his life cut short before he could correct the record. The popular play about him gives a totally false representation of the man. None of this is too surprising. He was always a man ill suited for his time. He could see the industrialization of the US and the growth of the Federal government decades before almost any one else. He derived from his experiences in the Revolution, as did Washington, the evils of a too weak Federal government. His was a voice for the long term, and short term exigencies were always his downfall. Not half the politician that Jefferson was, he had a knack for making needless enemies. His personal scandal helped ensure that his enemies would ever have potent ammunition against him. A Greek tragedy, no, an American tragedy, of a life in many ways.

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One thought on “The Misunderstood Genius of the Revolutionary Era

  1. Thank you Paul! Hamilton is perhaps the most ill understood of all the Founding Fathers. What a different country this would be if Hamilton, instead of Jefferson, had been the third president. But, in such an altered reality, Hamilton would not have been Hamilton.


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