Alexander Hamilton Statue, Paterson NJ

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Featured in Statues and Such, 12-Nov-2012

This statue of Alexander Hamilton is in the Great Falls National Historical Park. Hamilton was the first person to believe Paterson had a future as a manufacturing center due to the water power of the river and falls.

Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was a Founding Father, soldier, economist, political philosopher, one of America’s first constitutional lawyers and the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.

As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was the primary author of the economic policies of the George Washington administration, especially the funding of the state debts by the Federal government, the establishment of a national bank, a system of tariffs, and friendly trade relations with Britain.

In 1791, while still Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton worked in a private capacity to help found the Society for the Establishment of Useful Manufactures, a private corporation that would use the power of the Great Falls of the Passaic River in New Jersey to operate mills. Although the company did not succeed in its original purpose, it leased the land around the falls to other mill ventures and continued to operate for over a century and a half.

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