So, I've been listening to an audio book on the Presidental election of 1800... and the common villian to both candidates was Alexander Hamilton, so he's gotten a lot of real estate in the book, because if it weren't for his antics, the election could have possibly (probably) gone quite differently. If he hadn't interviened, Mr. Adams might've been president until he died... because Adams just didn't have the capacity for surrender that his predicessor did. American history could've been quite different.
This certainly doesn't excuse Mr. Hamilton's schemes, but if you know me, you know that he is the one founding father who I love to hate. Because he's deliciously evil! Abigail Adams wrote her husband that she saw 'the devil in his eyes.' Thomas Jefferson called him 'Our Napoleon' and Adams 'Our Caesar' *ahem* among other things...
Poor Hamilton tried his whole life to prove himself to the world--he was ambitious beyond words, and haunted by his impoverished, illegitimate origins and his tiny stature. He was about 5'6", and had very tiny hands and spent his whole life standing as straight as possible. Thomas Jefferson had the leisure of being the disinterested politician, aloof, withdrawn, and slouchy & casual in that hot Mr. Darcy way. But Hamilton didn't have the aristocratic breeding that Jefferson had, and worked for it his whole life.
If there is on man who manned a cannon in the Revolutionary War in silk breeches and powdered hair, it was young, 19 year old Hamilton. He was a dandy to be sure! When he shows up in the pages of my webcomic, The Dreamer
, it's as this young, ambitious Captain of the Artillery.
He won't appear in the next few issues, but he's been on my mind a lot as I've been reading this book. Nathan Hale calls him "Captain Alexander Fancy Pants" (behind his back, of course) and I can't wait to draw that scene.
I've rambled on history lessons long enough, but I do have to laugh at the end-of-his-life-Hamilton, with his coveted provential Army, plotting to invade Virginia. He had to be stopped! I guess Burr was the man to do it.