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1/1757-6/1804 (Age at death: 47)
Alexander Hamilton took a significant part in the framing of our constitution, anonymously contributing to the Federalist Papers along with James Madison and John Jay. He went on to serve as the first Secretary of the Treasury and fashioned an American industrial policy that stood until the Reagan presidency in the 1980's. His life was claimed in a duel with Aaron Burr.
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There are some who maintain that trade will regulate itself, and it is not to be benefitted by the encouragements or restraints of government. Such persons will imagine that there is no need of a common directing power. This is one of those wild speculative paradoxes, which have grown into credit among us, contrary to the uniform practice and sense of the most enlightened nations.
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