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John Church Hamilton

John Church Hamilton
Born (1792-08-22)August 22, 1792
Died July 25, 1882(1882-07-25) (aged 89)
Nationality American
Alma mater Columbia College
Occupation Lawyer

John Church Hamilton (August 22, 1792 − July 25, 1882) was the fourth son, fifth child of the founding father Alexander Hamilton.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Work 2
  • Family 3
  • Obituary 4
  • References 5

Early life and education

John Hamilton was twelve years old when his father was killed in a duel with presidential candidate Aaron Burr.[1]

After graduating from Columbia College in 1809, he served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812 from March to June 1814 with the rank of second lieutenant.[1] During this time he served as an aide de camp to Major General, and future president, William Henry Harrison.


Professionally he was a historian and lawyer, and devoted decades to writing about the life of his father and sorting through his letters and other papers.[2] The Life of Alexander Hamilton and a seven-volume History of the republic of the United States of America are among several books that he published about his father's life.[1]


Gen. Schuyler Hamilton (1822–1903) was his son


His obituary appeared in the New York Times and reads:

John Church Hamilton, a son of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, died early yesterday morning in the Stockton cottage, on Ocean avenue, Trinity Church at 12 [PM] tomorrow."


  1. ^ a b c "John Church Hamilton". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Chernow, Ron Alexander Hamilton p. 726
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