- Sculptor: William Ordway Partridge
- Dedicated: 1892
- Medium and size: Bronze (8 feet), granite pedestal (approximately 8 feet)
- Location: Former site of Hamilton Grange, 287 Convent Avenue, between West 141st and 142nd Streets
- Subway: 1 to 137th St. - City College
A Brief History of Hamilton, the
This Hamilton was commissioned for the
Hamilton Club in Brooklyn Heights, which an 1895 New York
Times article darkly suggested was "a Republican
game under a non-partisan cover."
Above: Hamilton at Remsen and Clinton
The statue stood in Brooklyn until 1936, when the Club's
Italianate headquarters was razed. The statue was donated to
Hamilton Grange, the "country house" that was almost
completed when Hamilton dueled with Burr in the summer of
Lifesize sculptures in New York move more often than one
might expect, but in this case, the sculpture held still while
the building next to it moved. In 2008, the Grange was levered
out of its site next to a church and trundled a block south to
St. Nicholas Park, where it has undergone a glorious
renovation. The sculpture of Hamilton, alas, was left on
Convent Avenue, for lack of funds to move it.
- The four sculptures of Hamilton standing outdoors in
New York are this one, one in
Central Park, one on the campus of Columbia University
not far from Jefferson and Alma Mater, and a fourth on the
facade of the Museum of the City of New York, near De Witt Clinton.
- Hamilton worked closely with George Washington when
he was commander in chief (see Washington Arch) and president
(Washington at Wall
St.). Jefferson, who was
also in Washington’s first cabinet, had a bitter feud
- The New York Evening Post, which Hamilton
founded, was guided for much of the 19th c. by William Cullen Bryant. Today the
Post is the nation’s oldest continuously
published newspaper. The New York Times, established
1851, comes in a distant second for longest-running newspaper
in the city of New York.
- For sculptures relating to the Revolutionary War,
see Washington (at Wall St., Washington Square Park, and Union Square), Lafayette, Jefferson, Hamilton near the Grange, and Nathan Hale.
- See Dianne L. Durante, Ale
xander Hamilton: A Brief Biography, with
extensive quotes and profuse illustrations.
- Outdoor Monuments of
Manhattan compares the pose of this
Hamiltonwith the other sculptures of Hamilton in
Manhattan and describes Hamilton's remarkable achievements as
Washington's secretary of the Treasury.
Copyright (c) 2013 Dianne L.