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Alexander Hamilton
Gallery: Who Was Alexander Hamilton?

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Portrait of Alexander Hamilton, by John Trumbull, 1792. Gentleman
Born illegitimate, Hamilton strove to be a gentleman. Traditionalist in manners, he was a proud father and husband, although not without his mistakes. The adultery he committed greatly hurt his wife Elizabeth. For Hamilton, honor came before family embarrassment, causing him to admit his affair with honesty and candor. This same adherence to honor led to his eventual death in a duel.

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