On or about this date in history, Alexander Hamilton was born on the island of Nevis, British West Indies.
As Ron Chernow wrote of Hamilton in his masterful biography Alexander Hamilton:
Hamilton was the supreme double threat among the founding fathers, at once thinker and doer, sparkling theoretician and masterful executive. … If Jefferson provided the essential poetry of American political discourse, Hamilton established the prose of American statecraft. No other founder articulated such a clear and prescient vision of America’s future political, military, and economic strength or crafted such ingenious mechanisms to bind the nation together.”