Alexander Hamilton Property and Debts

Alexander Hamilton Property and Debts/tiles/non-collection/c/c_043imgtile1.xml
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Alexander Hamilton Property and Debts/tiles/non-collection/c/c_043imgtile2.xml
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Alexander Hamilton Property and Debts/tiles/non-collection/c/c_043imgtile3.xml
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Alexander Hamilton Property and Debts/tiles/non-collection/c/c_043imgtile4.xml
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Description

Alexander Hamilton died on July 12, 1804, a day after his political opponent, Vice President Aaron Burr, shot him in a duel. His widow, Elizabeth, twice petitioned Congress to award her his military pension. Her petition included this statement of Hamilton’s property and debts, written in his own hand shortly before his death. He estimated his worth to be £10,000, yet he worried that the amount might not cover his debts “if an accident should happen to me.” Initially unsuccessful in 1810, Elizabeth Hamilton again petitioned Congress in 1816. She was granted five years’ pay—the amount of a full pension.

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