Alexander Hamilton was perhaps one of the most influential Founding Fathers — both a thinker and a doer. He earned the confidence of George Washington as a strategic officer early in the Revolutionary War, became the first Treasury Secretary and primary architect of America’s new government. He created a tax system, funded debt, budget system, central bank, customs service and a coast guard.
Ron Chernow in his 2004 book, Alexander Hamilton, wrote: “Hamilton set a high-water mark for administrative competence that has never been equaled. If Jefferson provided the essential poetry of American political discourse, Hamilton established the prose of American statecraft…If Jefferson enunciated the more ample view of political democracy, Hamilton possessed the finer sense of economic opportunity…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.”