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Monday, April 23, 2018

Alexander Hamilton To Receive Posthumous Honorary Degree From Albany Law School

Hamilton (2018)Press Release:

Albany Law School is proud to confer two honorary degrees this year at its 167th Commencement on May 18, 2018. Receiving honorary degrees will be ... and Alexander Hamilton, posthumously, one of the nation's founders. Douglas Hamilton, Hamilton's 5th great-grandson, will accept the degree. ...

Dean Ouellette added, "Alexander Hamilton's ties to the Albany area are significant. Hamilton studied law and practiced law in Albany.  He wrote Federalist #1 while traveling between Albany and New York City.  By conferring this degree, we are acknowledging his impact on the Capital Region and New York's legal community." ...

Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton was an immigrant, the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury, author of a large portion of the Federalist Papers, and a Colonel to George Washington in the Revolutionary War.

Hamilton traveled to Albany for the first time in 1777 on behalf of George Washington to meet with General Horatio Gates, to convince Gates to provide Washington with reinforcements.

In 1780, Hamilton married Elizabeth Schuyler at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany where Aaron Burr was one of the invited guests. Elizabeth was the daughter of the prominent Albany family patriarch Philip Schuyler, a Revolutionary War general, and Catherine Van Rensselaer Schuyler.

Hamilton spent considerable time in Albany, staying often with his in-laws when legal work brought him to the state's high courts. Both Hamilton and Aaron Burr studied law and were admitted to the bar by 1783. They both opened law offices in New York City. Because New York's Capitol, the highest court—the Supreme Court of Judicature (later the Court of Appeals)—and the state legislature were all in Albany, Hamilton and Burr were frequently in the area. Burr kept an office at 24 South Pearl Street, while Hamilton often stayed with his in-laws the Schuylers.

Continuous conflicts between Burr and Hamilton eventually led to Burr challenging Hamilton to a duel in 1804. It was the Albany Register that published a letter with disparaging remarks allegedly made by Hamilton about Burr that brought the conflict to a head.

Reportedly Hamilton shot in the air, but Burr aimed and hit his target. Hamilton died the following day at age 47.

Law.com, Alexander Hamilton Gets Honorary Degree From Albany Law School

See also New York Times, ‘Hamilton’ and Heartache: Living the Unimaginable (Oct. 13, 2016).  For more on my obsession with interest in Hamilton, see here and:

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Better late than never?

Posted by: ohwilleke | Apr 23, 2018 6:07:03 PM