Carved entirely of granite, this larger-than-life-size statue was donated to Central Park in 1880 by the eminent statesman's son, John C. Hamilton. Sculpted by American artist Carl H. Conrads, it depicts him in Colonial-era clothing.
One of the nation's Founding Fathers and co-author of the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton was one of the distinguished residents of the neighborhood that eventually became known as Hamilton Heights. In 1800, he began construction in Harlem on his country home – an estate known as the Grange. Fatally wounded in a duel with political rival Aaron Burr in 1804, he was buried in Lower Manhattan's Trinity Church cemetery.