Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father, first Secretary of Treasury, hero of the revolution and chief staff aide to General George Washington, influential in the Constitution, founded the nation’s financial system, founded the Federalist Party, founded the United States Coast Guard, founded The New York Post newspaper, among other things.

The pro-moderate Whig-like Hamilton favored a strong federal government and tried to promote globalization, free trade, and a central bank long before it was cool, his character can be contrasted by his equally liberal but opposite pro-French revolution Thomas Jefferson. Close examination shows that the conservative-liberal Hamilton is largely the founder of the modern Democrat ideology and the radical-liberal Jefferson the founder of the modern Republican ideology. With that in mind issues of race, immigration, religion, and other divisive issues had yet to divide the country or be embraced by Republicans, and social liberalism (see new Keynesian economics, safety-nets, welfare state, etc) was not embraced by Democrats until the 1900’s.

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