Tuesday, April 17, 2012

imagine implication

American Founding father Alexander Hamilton came to New York in 1772 at 17 to study at King's College, which later became Columbia University.

Even as a student he wrote passionate defenses of the revolutionary cause, later joining the Revolutionary War as a Captain of Artillery.

After the war he co-authored the Federalist papers in 1788, a series of 85 articles promoting the adoption of our American Constitution. 

He was America’s first Secretary of the Treasury and a member of George Washington’s cabinet. He was a pretty big deal.

In 1802 he retained architect John Macomb Jr. to design a Federalist style house he named “The Grange” after his ancestral Scotland.

But he was dead two years later, shot to death by political rival and Vice President Aaron Burr in a famous pistol duel.

Alexander Hamilton’s claim to posterity is developing the concept of “implied powers” which empowers our Federal government to actions that support the constitution but are not specifically mentioned within it. 

“Implied powers” have been used by American presidents ever since.

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