Alexander Hamilton is one of the founding fathers and on the $10 bill. But what do we really know about the guy? Here are 5 interesting facts about Alexander Hamilton.
He Dropped Out of College to Join the Revolutionary War
Hamilton made the trip to the mainland to get an education. He wanted to go to Princeton but was rejected. However, he got accepted to Columbia University (known then as King’s College) in Manhattan in 1773. He had the hunger and the mental fortitude to excel. However, he also wanted to make his mark in the revolution at the time. At just 20 years old, he dropped out of college and formed his own militia of 25 men.
He didn’t have the best childhood in the Caribbean. His father abandoned his family when Hamilton was 9, and his mother died from an illness just a few years later. However, he didn’t let this stop his future. He became self-educated and distinguished in his own right.
Before He Was 30, He Created the Bank of New York
Hamilton had a penchant for fiscal policies. His financial literacy was up there. It’s not surprising that he’s on the $10 bill. He founded the Bank of New York before he turned 30. It lasted for over two centuries closing in 2007.
He Penned Over Half of the 85 Federalist Papers
In 1787, Hamilton had a mission to defend the U.S. Constitution. Along with John Jay and James Madison, they wrote 85 “Federalist Papers.” Hamilton wrote 51 under a pseudonym called, “Publius.”
The New York Post Was Created By Hamilton
While Hamilton was great in the world of finance, he was also a prolific writer. He created The New York Post in 1801. Over two centuries later, the newspaper is still cranking in printed and electronic form. Talk about a guy who knew the value of creating something that lasts.