It was common knowledge that Hamilton liked the ladies. Mrs. Washington commented on it in a letter to Washington during the war. As the article stated, he was forced to reveal the affair because his ethics at work were called into question. Blackmail is a nasty business, and in revealing the affair, he prevented its use to compromise his work. He behaved stupidly, but broke no laws. It is also common knowledge that Jefferson and Franklin liked the ladies too.
What is important about Hamilton is his work, and how, in his "Report on Manufactures," he presented the economic plan that made America a major industrial power. He provided the model for economic development that many nations have followed, and should still be following. We would not have been the arsenal of democracy through two world wars without his work. His good work as an advocate for the Constitution is well known and important, but that was a collaborative venture. The "Report on Manufactures" was his alone, and his genius gave us the industrial base that made us a world power. He is so important, that I believe we should have a national holiday on his birthday. Hamiton gave us power and prosperity!
Pervis J. Casey
Mar 20 2008 - 1:08pm