The Forgotten Founder : Alexander Hamilton

1196 Words Dec 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Ariel Fisher
College Composition 3M
Mr. Claxton
December 10, 2015

The Forgotten Founder
Alexander Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of the United States, but little to no people recognize the accomplishments he made. As a young man he fought in the Revolutionary War under the command of George Washington and later went on to become the first Secretary of the Treasury. With a multitude of other achievements under his belt, it’s hard to comprehend how this amazing man became a forgotten figure in American history. However, despite his lost legacy, it’s clear that he was the most driven of the founding fathers. As a young boy in the West Indies, Alexander went through many trials. He was illegitimate, fatherless by the age of ten, and an orphan by twelve. However, he still strived to be the best he could be. He began to read and memorize treatises, hoping for war so he could move up in society. After his mother’s death, he moved in with a cousin, but just two months later his cousin committed suicide. Left without any family, money, or chance of rising in society, Alexander began to give up on his dream of the future. To further his despair, a hurricane hit and destroyed his home of St. Croix. In the aftermath of the disaster, he wrote a poem that was found by a wealthy plantation owner. Just like that, his luck turned around. The plantation owner, George Cruger, paid for Hamilton’s voyage to New Jersey as well as his tuition to a grammar school there. For the first…

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