Volume 17 • Issue 8 / July 16 - 22, 2004



Downtown Express photos by Ramin Talaie

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 nation’s first secretary of Treasury, playing a pivotal role in stabilizing the young country’s 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.



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