Elizabeth Hamilton Birthday & Fun Facts

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Aashita Dhingra
Nov 09, 2023 By Aashita Dhingra
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About Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, also known as Eliza or Betsey, was an influential American figure born on August 9, 1757, in Albany, New York. She played a significant role in the early history of the United States, not only as the wife of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers and the first Secretary of the Treasury but also as a prominent socialite and philanthropist.

Elizabeth Schuyler's life spanned nearly a century, from the American Revolutionary War to the mid-19th century, making her a witness to and participant in crucial moments in American history. She had a sense of duty and charity. Throughout her life, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton continued to contribute to society as a philanthropist. Her legacy endures as a symbol of resilience, dedication, and service in the early days of the United States, making her an essential figure in American history.

Childhood And Education

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was born on August 9, 1757, in Albany, New York, as the second daughter of Philip Schuyler, a Continental Army General and a prominent figure in the Revolutionary War, and his wife Catherine Van Rensselaer Schuyler.

Elizabeth had a total of 14 siblings, with seven of them reaching adulthood, including notable figures like Angelica Schuyler Church and Margarita 'Peggy' Schuyler Van Rensselaer. Her family belonged to the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany, where Elizabeth was baptized and attended services.

During her childhood, Elizabeth accompanied her father to a gathering of the Six Nations, where she had the chance to meet Benjamin Franklin, who made a brief visit to her family during his travels.

In early 1780, Elizabeth visited her aunt Gertrude Schuyler Cochran in Morristown, New Jersey. While staying there, she encountered her future husband, Alexander Hamilton, who was serving as one of George Washington's aides-de-camp. Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton became friends with George Washington and his wife, Martha Washington, through her husband.

Family And Relationships

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was married to Alexander Hamilton. They got married on December 14, 1780, at the Schuyler Mansion. She had eight children, namely Philip Hamilton, Angelica Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton Jr, James Alexander Hamilton, John Church Hamilton, William Stephen Hamilton, Eliza Hamilton Holly, and Philip Hamilton (named after their deceased first son).

The Hamilton family also raised Frances Antill, an orphan who lived with them for ten years, starting in 1787 when she was two years old.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For...

Elizabeth Hamilton is recognized as an early American philanthropist for her work with the Orphan Asylum Society.

As the wife of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers, Elizabeth Hamilton supported him throughout his political career and played an essential role in his life.

After her husband was appointed Secretary of the Treasury in 1789, her responsibilities in the high-class society of New York and as her husband's political assistant increased.

Elizabeth Hamilton was dedicated to preserving her husband's legacy after his death, and with the help of her son, John Church Hamilton, she reassembled the vital documents, writings, and letters that belonged to her husband, Alexander Hamilton.

She served as an intermediary for her husband, Alexander Hamilton when he was working on 'The Federalist Papers'. She played a supportive role by corresponding with Alexander's publisher during this time.

After Alexander's death, with Elizabeth Hamilton's assistance, John Church Hamilton published 'The History Of The Republic Of The United States Of America, As Traced In The Writings Of Alexander Hamilton And His Contemporaries'.

Charity Work

In 1798, Elizabeth Hamilton joined the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children.

In 1806, Elizabeth Hamilton, along with Isabella Graham, Joanna Bethune, and Sarah Hoffman, founded the Orphan Asylum Society, the first private orphanage in New York.

At the Orphan Asylum Society (now known as Graham Windham), Elizabeth Hamilton served as vice president. In 1821, she was promoted to the position of first directress and held this role for 27 years until she departed from New York in 1848. During this time, she generated funds, gathered donated items, and oversaw the care and education of a minimum of 700 children.

Elizabeth Hamilton's philanthropic efforts, particularly her role in establishing the Orphan Asylum Society, earned her an induction into the philanthropy section of the National Museum Of American History.

She was also recognized for bringing homeless children into her residence.

Other Interesting Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton Facts And Trivia

  • Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton once sat for a portrait in a debtor's prison to help an American painter named Ralph Earl in 1787, which ultimately helped Ralph Earl earn money to pay off his debt.
  • In 1848, Elizabeth Hamilton made efforts to promote her husband's writings by appealing to Congress to acquire and publish Alexander's works. In August, Congress not only granted her request to publish the works but also included them in the Library of Congress.
  • Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton's husband, Alexander Hamilton, died on July 12, 1804, as a result of a duel with Aaron Burr.
  • Elizabeth Hamilton was portrayed by Eve Gordon in the 1986 television film 'George Washington II: The Forging Of A Nation' and the sequel to the mini-series 'George Washington' which explored the history of George Washington's time.
  • Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was buried in the Trinity Church Cemetery in New York City near her husband, Alexander Hamilton.

 

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Elizabeth Hamilton Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Elizabeth Schuyler

Date of Birth

1757-08-09

Date of Death

1854-11-09

Nationality

American

Place of Birth

Albany

Height

0 cm

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Philanthropist, Socialite

Partner

Alexander Hamilton

Parents

Philip Schuyler, Catherine Van Rensselaer

Siblings

Angelica Schuyler Church, Margaret Schuyler, Catherine Schuyler Malcolm Cochran, Philip Jeremiah Schuyler, John Bradstreet Schuyler, Rensselaer Schuyler, Cornelia Schuyler Morton
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Written by Aashita Dhingra

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Aashita DhingraBachelors in Business Administration

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