Plaque commemorating Hamilton’s residence.
At this location stood the residence of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and his wife Elizabeth. Hamilton was the architect of President’s Washington’s controversial economic policies including creation of a national bank, consolidation of state war debts, and promotion of domestic manufacturing. These policies were criticized by the National Gazette, Philip Freneau’s pro-Jeffersonian partisan newspaper. In response, Hamilton worked with John Fenno of the Gazette of the United States to defend and promote the president’s policies. A newspaper war ensued with Hamilton and his political rival Thomas Jefferson pulling the strings in the background.
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