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James A. Hamilton

Birthplace: Grange, Scotland
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander Hamilton of Grange and Elizabeth Pollock
Father of James Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton, Signer of the US Constitution
Brother of John Hamilton of Grange; Robert Hamilton of Grange; Alexander Hamilton; William Hamilton; Walter Hamilton and 3 others

Occupation: Merchant
Managed by: Private User
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About James A. Hamilton


is the fourth son of Alexander Hamilton of Grange, and his wife, Elizabeth Pollock [G. Harvey Johnston, FSA (Scot)., The Heraldry of the Hamiltons with Notes on all the Males of the Family, Descriptions of the Arms, Plates and Pedigrees (W. & A. K. Johnston Limited, Edinburgh & London, MCMIX), pp. 120-21] https://archive.org/stream/heraldryofhamils00john#page/121/mode/1up


A drifting trader, father of Alexander Hamilton.

Alexander Hamilton was born in Charlestown, the capital of Nevis in the British West Indies. He was born out of wedlock to Rachel Faucett Lavien, of partial French Huguenot descent, and James A. Hamilton, the fourth son of Scottish laird Alexander Hamilton of Grange, Ayrshire.

Hamilton's mother had been separated previously from Johann Michael Lavien of St. Croix, a much older German Jewish merchant-planter. To escape an unhappy marriage, Rachel left her husband and first son for St. Kitts in 1750, where she met James. They moved together to Rachel's birthplace of Nevis, where she had inherited property from her father. Their two sons were James, Jr., and Alexander. Because Hamilton's parents were not legally married, the Church of England denied him membership or education in the church school. Instead, he received "individual tutoring" and classes in a private Jewish school. Hamilton supplemented his education with a family library of thirty-four books, including Greek and Roman classics.

James then abandoned Rachel and their two sons, allegedly to "spar[e] [Rachel] a charge of bigamy . . . [after finding out that her first husband] intend[ed] to divorce her under Danish law on grounds of adultery and desertion."


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James A. Hamilton's Timeline

Grange, Scotland
Age 24
January 11, 1757
Age 39
Tobbago, British West Indies
September 17, 1787
- September 17, 1787
Age 69
Independence Hall, Philadelphia,

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Biographies of the Founding Fathers

Colonial Hall now contains 103 biographical sketches of America's founding fathers. At this time we have divided them up into 3 groups:
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Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence, by the Rev. Charles A. Goodrich. Published in 1829.
The United States Manual of Biography and History, by James V. Marshall. Published by James B. Smith & Co., in Philadelphia in the year 1856.
The U.S. Constitution at the National Archives

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