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Hamilton went on to oversee the creation of the First Bank of the United States, the ancestor of today's Federal Reserve. Even more important for America's future prosperity were Hamilton's plans for government-encouraged industrial capitalism. "The magnitude of Hamilton's feats as treasury secretary has overshadowed many other facets of his life: clerk, college student, youthful poet, essayist, artillery captain, wartime adjutant to Washington, battlefield hero, congressman, abolitionist, Bank of New York founder, state assemblyman, member of the Constitutional Convention and New York Ratifying Convention, orator, lawyer, polemicist, educator, patron saint of the New-York Evening Post, foreign-policy theorist, and major general in the army," writes Chernow.

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