There’s more to the story

There’s more to the story

Alexander Hamilton and the Central Bank

Alexander Hamilton’s life and achievements are celebrated in Hamilton The Musical that’s now on tour here in Minneapolis. Join us at the Minneapolis Fed in honoring him and this remarkable theater event.

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Take our short quiz and you’ll be entered to win “Hamilton: An American Musical” prizes

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Come on a free tour of the Minneapolis Fed

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Students, participate in our social media contest for a chance to win two Hamilton tickets and a paid internship at the Minneapolis Fed

Bet you an Alexander Hamilton you don’t know what’s unique about him on that $10 bill.

The answer? His portrait is the only one on U.S. currency that faces left.

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Washington was on Hamilton’s side

Despite his youth—he was in his early 20s—Alexander Hamilton became a close aide to the general, who would become our first U.S. president. George Washington admired Hamilton for his brains and for his military heroism during the War for Independence.

A vision that’s endured

Alexander Hamilton’s vision created our nation’s first central bank. No wonder President George Washington appointed him to be the first Secretary of the Treasury in 1789. Today, the Federal Reserve, including the Minneapolis Fed, is independent of the U.S. government, but our profits go back to U.S. Treasury and to taxpayers.

Final duel

It was personal. It was political. It was tragic. And it’s at the heart of the narrative of Hamilton. On July 11, 1804, a decades-long rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr ended in a deadly duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. Spoiler alert: Hamilton was shot and killed.

We don’t do theater

We absolutely love Hamilton. On the other hand, fiscal and monetary policy isn’t show biz. It’s serious business, and that’s what the Minneapolis Fed and our 1,000 employees are doing every day. We regulate banks. We conduct groundbreaking research to aid policymakers. We work with and educate communities in our Ninth Federal Reserve District. We help maintain a stable and growing economy.

Did you know?

The Minneapolis Fed offers free tours. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Bank and see our Hamilton exhibit.

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Students, want to win Hamilton tickets? #Hamilton4All

Alexander Hamilton had many bold ideas for America’s economy, including the founding of the nation’s first central bank. We want to hear your bold ideas for improving the economy where you live. You could win two free tickets to see “Hamilton” on October 4, 2018, at the Orpheum Theatre and be offered a paid internship at the Minneapolis Fed!

To enter:

  1. Follow @MinneapolisFed on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  2. Create a public post in 200 words or less with your bold ideas for improving the economy. Post on Twitter or Instagram, or post to the Minneapolis Fed Facebook feed. Posts can include photos and videos less than 60 seconds in length.
  3. In your post/story/thread, tag @MinneapolisFed and #Hamilton4All.

The contest is open to high school and college students in the Federal Reserve’s Ninth District (Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). Enter before September 25. More contest details ›

Teachers: Download a printable #Hamilton4All contest poster.

More Hamilton from the Minneapolis Fed

Conversations with the Fed

Hamilton's Central Bank - Then and Now ›

Join Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Senior Vice President & General Counsel Niel Willardson on November 1 to find out more about Hamilton’s Bank of the United States, the precursor to today’s Federal Reserve System.

In-Depth Article

The Bank that Hamilton Built ›

At the dawn of the Republic, the First Bank of the United States created a model for American financial markets and monetary policy that endures to this day.

2007-08 Essay Contest Winner

Cement to Our Union: Hamilton’s Economic Vision ›

Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson have both been hailed as “founding fathers” to the United States, but through the centuries, many history books have judged their parenting tactics quite differently.