Gideon Fairman (1774–1827)

Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804), 1805

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New-York Historical Society, Gift of Lucille de Luze Foley in memory of Elizabeth Harison, 1957.39

Alexander Hamilton wrote in support of Independence in 1774–75 and served as Washington's aide-de-camp between 1777 and 1781. After the Revolution he became a very successful lawyer in New York City. Hamilton was the only New York delegate to sign the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention and wrote the largest number of The Federalist essays in support of it. He was a Federalist leader in the New York Convention.