Even though he didn’t sign the Declaration of Independence, Alexander Hamilton did do a great deal to shape this great country of ours. And for these good deeds? Hamilton Heights in upper Manhattan was named after him and he got his house made into a national park.
Originally built on his 32 acre estate north of it’s current location, Hamilton Grange has been moved twice since its construction in 1802 and now sits on a bucolic 23 acres in St. Nicholas Park just above Harlem. It was first moved in 1889 two blocks to the north of where it stands now to Convent Avenue as the city’s grid system moved north. Over the years, adjacent construction and grime took over the manse until finally the National Park Service and The City got together to move it. Workers had to haul the house on massive dollies south on Convent Avenue, around the corner, and down a steep hill and into the park. An amazing feat indeed!
To bad for The Great Mr. Hamilton that he only got to enjoy his beautiful house for two years. On the morning of July 11th of 1804 in Weehawken, New Jersey, he was shot by Aaron Burr (the sitting Vice President of the United States) in a duel. Sadly, he died the next afternoon at 2PM leaving one of the greatest legacies of any American politician.