Founder Mother Eliza Hamilton Is the Real Protagonist Of Hamilton


Philanthropist Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton:


Lynn-Manuel Miranda Hamilton's naming founder may be focusing on the father, but the hit musical also tells the story of his wife, Eliza, who starred Philippa Sue in the original Broadway production now flowing at Disney Plus.


Or part of her story, after her husband died in 1804, at least - Elijah lived another 50 years.


In her decades as a widow, she founded New York's first private orphanage, socialized with some of the most famous people in American history, and worked toward the goal of never forgetting her husband and his contributions.


Here's what you need to know about real-life founding mothers. Elizabeth Schuyler was born in Albany in 1757, to a wealthy family who had social relations with prominent early Americans until the early twenties when she met Alexander Hamilton in 1780.


(Like the musical show, Hamilton was also quite excited with Eliza's awakened older sister Angelica.

"I'm just saying 'her lines from the play, if you loved me you would share it with her," drawn from a letter)

The original Angelica wrote to Eliza Did, 'I love him very much and if you were as generous as the Old Romans you would have lent him to me for a while.'

In 1780, Hamilton Angelica wrote a letter describing her fascination with Eliza:


I have already acknowledged the influence that your sister has had on me; Yet despite this, I have some things of an extremely serious and disgusting nature to bear the brunt of his serious grievances.


She is extremely curiously handsome and so perverted that she has none of the progressive features of her beauty.


His good intellect is perfect for this happy mixture of vanity and arrogance which will make it clear to the whole group of fools and fathers and intelligent men so that the matter stands as it stands now - nothing is known about them beyond the cycle.


The ability and vitality of his good nature are at stake with this fascinating obsolescence which is considered to be one of the major achievements of only one Bell.


In short, she is such a strange creature that she possesses all the beautiful qualities and grace of her sex without any of the enchanting flaws, which are honoured by the necessary shading in the character of the subtle woman from their common circulation.


Hamilton and Eliza were married in 1870. The couple had eight children and also married Fanny Antel, the daughter of an orphaned Toddler of the Revolutionary War Colonel.

His family life was shattered by scandals and tragedies:


Hamilton portrayed the Reynolds affair, the country's first sex scandal. Hamilton met Maria Reynolds in Philadelphia in 1715, when he met with the then Secretary of the Treasury to request financial assistance for his struggling family.


While he was staying at the boarding house to raise funds, Maria invited him to her room, where Hamilton later wrote the text in his essay, which "clearly showed that nothing but extraordinary comfort is acceptable."


Maria's husband, James Reynolds, took issue with the matter and began harassing Hamilton for money. A pension scheme later sent him to prison for fraud and he was denied Hamilton's help.


So James decided to take his story to Hamilton’s political rivals, and he was visited in a prison cell by someone other than the future president, James Monroe. Reynolds spread beans about the matter but further said that Hamilton was involved in his pension scheme.


Hamilton insisted on his innocence, and the matter was kept secret for years. Monroe, however, made copies of Hamilton's letters to Maria and sent them to his arch-rival Thomas Jefferson.


In 1796, Hamilton noticed Jefferson in an article in which Jefferson hinted at having sex with his slave, Sally Hemings.


The following year, Jefferson supporter James Calendar published a pamphlet alleging that Hamilton had a skeleton in his orbit.


To clear his name on more serious financial allegations, Hamilton Reynolds published a pamphlet in which he admitted to the case but denied any criminal misconduct.


The scandal gave Hamilton any chance at the presidency, and the insulting news came when Elijah became pregnant with their sixth child.


In 1801, their eldest child Philip died in a conflict when he was just 19 years old. Hamilton followed three years later.


Eliza Hamilton was a socialist and philanthropist during her long widowhood:


In 1806, Elijah co-founded the Orphanage Society to help orphan children. The organization still exists today as Graham Windham, a non-profit in New York City with the help of children and families.


She also worked to support her husband's legacy, arguing that it was not Hamilton, but the author of George Washington's final farewell address, and the one who collected and edited his papers.


Ron Cherno said his efforts to preserve Hamilton's memory were as important as his 2005 founding biography, especially as Hamilton's Republicans were in power after his death, but there was little public effort to record his life.


Elizabeth spent her last years in New York and Washington DC, where she socialized with leaders including President Tyler, Palak, Pierce, and Philmore.


But he faced his wrath against Monroe. When he visited her decades after the Reynolds scandal, he refused to talk to her.


He died in 1854 at the age of nine, the last link of this link with one of the founding institutions of the country. And yes, she burned her letters to her husband - but no one knows when or why.


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