His statue, carved from solid granite by Carl H. Conrads, was donated to Central Park in 1880 by one of Hamilton’s sons, John C. Hamilton, and immortalizes one of the most influential men of the American Revolution.
Hamilton had many claims to fame. Among them, he was a major co-author of the Federalist Papers, the first secretary of the treasury for the United States, and a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. He was also a notable New Yorker. Having first traveled to the City as an orphaned teen in pursuit of an education, he became a longtime resident of the Manhattan neighborhood now known as Hamilton Heights, and ultimately built a country estate in Harlem called the Grange. After losing his life in a duel with political rival Aaron Burr in 1804, Hamilton was buried in Lower Manhattan’s Trinity Church cemetery.
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