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Alexander Hamilton Exhibition

Alexander Hamilton: Striver, Statesman, Scoundrel

Alexander Hamilton, an orphaned immigrant from the Caribbean, acted as George Washington’s top aide in the American Revolution, created the American financial system, and waged ideological battles against Thomas Jefferson in the earliest days of American political parties. His vision, ambition, and voluminous writings inspired his admirers, enflamed his opponents, and continue to captivate contemporary audiences. In this exhibition, The New York Public Library presents a selection of its holdings to illuminate the many facets of Alexander Hamilton—a striver, statesman, and scoundrel.

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June 24th, 2016 - December 31st, 2016 Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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From the Exhibition

Alexander Hamilton's Draft of President George Washington's Farewell Address, August 10, 1796.

When George Washington stepped down in 1796, after serving two terms, he sought Alexander Hamilton’s assistance in writing a farewell address to a nation that had never known another leader. Washington sent Hamilton a draft by James Madison. However, Hamilton also collaborated with Washington on a different version, one that was ultimately published, and recommended measured neutrality in foreign affairs and warned against national factionalism.

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Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker Diary, April 30, 1800

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Support for The New York Public Library's Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, and Jonathan Altman. Additional support for this exhibition has been provided by the Bertha and Isaac Liberman Foundation, Inc., in memory of Ruth and Seymour Klein.

Digitization of the Early American Collection was made possible by a lead gift from the Polonsky Foundation.