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Who Is That Man, Anyway?
Subject: Alexander Hamilton
Sculptor: James Earle Fraser
Location: White House
( E Street & 15th )
Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) was the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States and lost the presidency to Thomas Jefferson in 1801 by a very close vote in the electoral college. A leading "founding father" representing New Jersey and one of the authors of the Federalist Papers, Hamilton met an untimely end when killed in a duel by Aaron Burr.
A bit of mystery surrounds the statue. At the dedication ceremony, President Harding referred to the donor but kept his/her identity secret. News reports attribute the statue to a veiled woman who was reported to have donated the funds. The donor's name has never been revealed.
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