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Old October 15th, 2009, 01:22 AM   #1

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President Hamilton

This is one for you American History Buffs out there.

Let us imagine an alternate chain of events in the formative years of the US, in which Alexander Hamilton survives his lethal duel with Burr, and manages to do so with his reputation intact.

He then goes on to make a tremendous come-back in politics and at some point becomes President of the United States.

Given the spectacular difference in policy (and pretty much everything else) between himself and his famed political rival Thomas Jefferson, what might have been some of the consequences of a Hamilton Presidency?
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Old October 15th, 2009, 06:31 AM   #2

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Re: President Hamilton

An interesting what-if, but I can't see it happening even if Hamilton survived. The Federalists were pretty much done by 1800, and Hamilton didn't have the charisma to single-handedly resurrect the party.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 06:37 PM   #3

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Interesting thought & fun to play with, but I don't see any way possible for Hamilton to have pulled off that move.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #4

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Re: President Hamilton

Hence my use of the phrase "tremendous come-back".

I've been reading a biography about him recently, and as a result have come to reconsider my views on him rather dramatically.

I thought it might be interesting to consider what history might have been like if he had made it to the Presidency.
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