Alexander Hamilton in New York

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I was lucky enough to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton and ever since then, I have been in an Alexander Hamilton phase. I visited three of the Hamilton locations in NYC.

The first was Hamilton Grange. The original Grange was Hamilton’s ancestral family home in Scotland. When Harlem was still forests and farmland, Hamilton bought some land and built a weekend house for him, his wife Eliza (neé Schuyler) and their children. It is located on 141st street in Manhattan.

The basement has been turned into a museum, but the top floors have been preserved to look like they did when the Hamiltons lived there.

The second site was Trinity Church. Alexander and Eliza Hamilton, as well as their son Philip, Eliza’s sister Angelica Schuyler Church and lastly Hamilton’s friend Hercules Mulligan are all buried in the cemetery of the church.

An obelisk, one of the five in Manhattan, marks Hamilton’s grave. This was my favorite location I have visited. The people who work there are very informed about the Hamiltons. It is right near the Wall Street 6 train stop.

The last location was the Museum of American Finance. In the Hamilton room, I learned about Hamilton’s impact on America. For instance, he founded the U.S. Coast Guard.

But, he did more for the economy than for the rest of the country, as the museum made clear. As an example to that, he founded the Mint and the U.S. Bank. After the war he created a plan to pay off war debt and unite the colonies.

The plan was to combine all the states debts’, then distribute them evenly. Not all the states approved of this plan though, especially not the states that had already paid off all their war debt.

Alexander Hamilton was essentially the New Yorker, in the sense of New York City, of all the Founding Fathers. (And mothers, Angelica and Eliza would remind us)

While the others were in Virginia or Philadelphia, or Boston, Hamilton remained in New York City. This is probably why there is so much Hamilton in NYC.

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