Remembering Hamilton, American icon
Alexander Hamilton was honored at Trinity Church with a wreath-laying ceremony July 12, the 200th anniversary of his death. Hamilton, who made his name in Lower Manhattan and is buried at Trinity, was the author of most of the essays in the Federalist Papers, the book that helped convince the American states to ratify the U.S. Constitution. He served with Gen. George Washington in the Revolutionary War and was the nations first secretary of Treasury, playing a pivotal role in stabilizing the young countrys shaky finances. Hamilton was shot in a duel by his longtime political rival, Vice President Aaron Burr, and Hamilton died the next day. Prior to the duel, Hamilton and Burr had last been seen together arguing at Fraunces Tavern on Pearl St., site of the current Faunces Tavern restaurant and museum. Richard Brookhiser, author of a Hamilton biography, top, spoke during the service.