Alexander Hamilton letter
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Alexander Hamilton letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804.
Title: Alexander Hamilton letter
Dates: 1792
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0358

Biographical/Historical Note

Alexander Hamilton was born in the British colony of Nevis. In 1772 he was sent by his family to New York City, where he attended King's College (now Columbia University). When the Revolutionary War began, Hamilton supported the colonists. In 1777, General George Washington made Hamilton his aide-de-camp. After the war, he was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in 1783. Hamilton served on the Continental Congress, 1782-1783, and in 1787 was elected to the New York legislature. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. In 1789, President Washington elected Hamilton as the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. A Federalist, Hamilton politically opposed Thomas Jefferson and spoke against Jefferson and Aaron Burr's bid for the presidency. In 1804, Aaron Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel, during which Hamilton was mortally wounded. He died the next day.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a 1792 letter from Alexander Hamilton to Richard Harrison, granting Harrison a leave of absence. Richard Harrison (1750-1841) was the Auditor of the Treasury from 1791 until his death.

Index Terms

Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804.
Harrison, Richard, 1750-1841.
Leave of absence.
Letters (correspondence)
United States--History--1783-1815.
United States. Auditor for Treasury Department.
United States. Department of the Treasury. Office of the Secretar.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Alexander Hamilton letter, MS 358, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of J.S. Kennard, 1888.


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


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