"Birth of President Alexander
Hamilton" by Steve Payne
says: what if Alexander Hamilton rose to the Presidency only to be
confronted with a sugar revolt on his native island? Please note that the
opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the
January 11th 1755,
on this day the third President of the United States Alexander Hamilton
was born on the "Queen of the Caribees", the Leewards Island of Nevis
which was then a British Colony and later became part of the American
State of Antigua.
Due to the profitable Triangular trade and the high quality of Nevisian
sugar cane, the island was a dominant source of wealth for Great Britain
and the slave-owning British plantocracy. Indeed, Horatio Nelson was
stationed on the island as a young sea captain, and is where he met and
married a Nevisian, Frances Nisbet, the young widow of a plantation-owner.
Yet his father decision to send his son to King's College in New York on
the very cusp of the American revolution would place Hamilton on a very
different historical vector.
the Sugar Islands rose then we would probably see a north-south split over
any slave-trade-related provisions" - readers comment
invited to become an aide to Nathanael Greene and to Henry Knox; however,
he declined these invitations in the hopes of obtaining a place on
Washington's staff. Hamilton did receive such an invitation and joined as
Washington's aide on March 1, 1777 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Hamilton served for four years, in effect, as Washington's Chief of Staff;
he handled letters to Congress, state governors, and the most powerful
generals in the Continental Army; he drafted many of Washington's orders
and letters at the latter's direction; he eventually issued orders from
Washington over Hamilton's own signature
Of course his peers amongst the founding fathers were all born on the
eastern seaboard, and typically as the third generation of colonists would
consider themselves American. Only later during the sugar revolts in the
Caribbean would the place of Hamilton's birth become part of the United
States. And yet this was no constitutional barrier to the assumption of
the Presidency, because by the time of the transformative 1800 election,
Hamilton had resided in the United States for over fourteen years:
"No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United
States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be
eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible
to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five
Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States".
To be continued..
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