Alexander Hamilton 10th President of the United States' Former Historic Residence is Relocated
The stranger didn't know who Alexander Hamilton was so I told him that Hamilton is the guy on the $10 bill, the 10th President of the United States.
"Oh yeah!! I know that dude!" he stated.
Furthermore, I told him that although Hamilton was also the first United States Secretary of the Treasury and founded the Bank of New York, my favorite President was Benjamin Franklin, the guy on the $100 Bill, the 100th President of the United States.
He stated "Yeah, I know that dude too!"
I congratulated him saying,"Well, you must sell a lot of crack."
He became offended and stated that he doesn't sell crack but smack. I apologized and avoided a possible gun duel. If only Alexander Hamilton would have been so lucky.
In 1791, Hamilton became involved in an affair with a woman named Maria who was married to a James Reynolds. Reynolds found out about the affair and threatened to inform Hamilton's wife, Elizabeth. Reynolds became involved in a scandal himself when he was arrested for counterfeiting and contacted members of the Democratic-Republican Party, to include James Monroe and Aaron Burr, stating to them that he could expose a top official for corruption. When rumors started spreading, Hamilton published a confession narrating the affair thus damaging his own reputation.
Hamilton then accused Monroe of making his affair public, challenging him to a duel. Ironically Aaron Burr stepped in persuading Hamilton that Monroe was innocent. Hamilton's temper led him to challenge many others to a duel.
In the gubernatorial election in New York, Morgan Lewis, assisted by Hamilton defeated Aaron Burr. A letter published in the Albany Register, cited that Hamilton expressed a more despicable opinion of Burr. Burr sensed an attack on his honor and demanded an apology. Hamilton refused. A duel was scheduled for July 11,1804 in Weehawken, New Jersey along the west bank of the Hudson River on a rocky ledge. On this common dueling spot three years earlier, Philip, Hamilton's eldest son, had been killed.
The duel occurred at dawn. Hamilton fired first into the air stating he would not follow through with the duel. Burr on the other hand took his time aiming and struck Hamilton who died the next day from his wounds.
There are many different stories to what actually occurred that day but we do know that at the time of the duel Burr was the Vice President of the United States and the former Governor of New York. As far as the 10th President of the United States, I cannot recall.
Alexander Hamilton is buried in Trinity Church located in Manhattan New York. His former home is presently being relocated to an alternative location nearby where it will be restored as a museum.