Alexander Hamilton has reentered popular culture with the musical “Hamilton!” This illustrated talk will tell of his connection with the family of General Philip Schuyler of Albany.
Young Hamilton, then George Washington’s aide-de-camp, first met the influential Schuyler family in 1777 during a mission to Albany seeking military support from General Horatio Gates. Three years later Schuyler’s daughter Elizabeth and Hamilton met again and began letter writing. Their relationship bloomed rapidly and they were married at the Schuyler mansion in December 1780. Their marriage produced eight children and ended in 1804 with Alexander’s death from being wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr.