Alexander Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of The United States of America. Although he was born into poverty in the West Indies, he found his way to America in 1773 and gained an education attending Kings College. He then served in the military during the Revolutionary War and became Aide De Camp for George Washington. He was a delegate in the Constitutional Convention where they wrote a replacement for the Articles of Confederation, America’s flawed form of government at the time. He also wrote over half of the Federalist Papers, a collection of essays that were published in newspapers and persuaded states to ratify this new Constitution. He was appointed as the first secretary of the Treasury in 1789 and completely reformed America’s economy. After he stepped down from this position in 1795, he became a lawyer. In the heated election of 1800, he endorsed Thomas Jefferson, who won over Aaron Burr, the other candidate. This then led to Burr challenging Hamilton to a duel, and ultimately, Hamilton’s death on July 12, 1804. All in all, Alexander Hamilton was an extremely influential figure that shaped the outcome of America.