On this day in 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury by President Washington. Initially Robert Morris had been appointed Secretary of the Treasury, but Morris declined the office and recommended Hamilton for the position. Find out what else happened on This Day in Founders History at mikechurch.com
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – In other words, Washington did what Washington always did. He pretended like he didn’t want to be there and he didn’t want anything to do with the proceedings and he just happened to be nominated for this grand position. Then, as he always did, he executed his task with historical flair and brilliance. To talk about this and to help flesh it out and why it was a federal convention is my good friend Dr. Professor Kevin Gutzman, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution and his great book which covers this convention and James Madison’s role in it, James Madison and the Making of America. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
In 1777 on this day, Continental Congress in session, “Resolved, That Colonel James Wilkinson, adjutant general in the northern army, in consideration of his services in that department, and being strongly recommended by General Gates as a gallant officer, and a promising military genius, and having bought the despatches to Congress, giving an account of the surrender of Lieutenant General Burgoyne and his army, on the 17 day of October last, be continued in his present employment, with a brevet of brigadier general in the army of the United States."