To answer this question, I use substantial research on Alexander Hamilton—the great prodigy who now rests at Trinity Church—along with other great men who worked to frame the Constitution and the new government.
But the use of Hamilton is key. Reasons include:
- As General Washington’s top aide, he was intimately involved in top-level decision-making during the revolution.
- It was his influential voice which was decisive in bringing together a constitutional convention on behalf of fixing government.
- Though disappointed that his own ideas for a new government weren’t fully embraced, he quickly and honorably accepted the compromises made and voted to adopt.
- After recognizing the phenomenal potential of the new plan, he exhaustively analyzed its benefits then almost single-handedly persuaded tens of thousands in favor through his famous Federalist papers.
- As the first Secretary of the Treasury under Washington—one of only 4 Secretaries in the original cabinet—he was again intimately involved with the first steps of the new government, assisting President Washington with the minutest of details.
- His vision of the future of the country was unparalleled, including its coming manufacturing strength and the need for a central bank and strong national defense.
- And finally, his integrity is simply unimpeachable, though there were many who worked hard to impugn his character.
Alexander Hamilton was arguably the brightest mind of his age. And though his challenges with being tactful and diplomatic many times placed him in difficult situations, no one can ever take away from the brilliant and spectacular influence he had—and continues to have—on this country.
I give you: The Sage in Trinity