By Steve Thomas Observer Nevis Editor
(Charlestown, Nevis) ” The Alexander Hamilton House will be featured in an upcoming American television documentary about the Caribbean native who grew up to be one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. The documentary is being produced by the Public Broadcasting System. The film crew was at the Hamilton House on Dec. 12. One biographer of Hamilton, Bob Hoffman, was part of the group and worked as an advisor. He explained the purpose of visiting historic sites for use in the documentary. “They use present day scenes to highlight the past,” he said. The film is called “Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton” and is being directed by Michael Pack, who previously did a documentary on George Washington. The Hamilton film is scheduled to be shown in the summer of 2009. The host of the show is author Richard Brookhiser, who wrote “Alexander Hamilton, American.” Mr. Hoffman explained why so many people continue to be interested in Hamilton. “He was a brilliant, brilliant man,” he said. “His unlikely, unlikely story of the way he rose. At the age of 13, he had no formal education, no future. He became a revolutionary war soldier, the first secretary of the treasury and he wrote most of the Federalist Papers.” In its directory of members, the U.S. Congress sums up Hamilton’s life and achievements: “Born on the island of Nevis, British West Indies, January 11, 1757; immigrated to the United States in 1772, where he received educational training in the schools of Elizabethtown, N.J., and King’s College (now Columbia University), New York City; entered the Continental Army in New York in 1776 as captain of Artillery; appointed aide-de-camp to General Washington March 1, 1777, and served in that capacity until February 16, 1781; Member of the Continental Congress in 1782, 1783, and 1788; member of the Annapolis Convention of 1786; served in the New York State assembly in 1787; member of the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787 which adopted the Constitution of the United States; member of the State ratification convention in 1788; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in New York City; Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President Washington 1789-1795; returned to New York and resumed the practice of law; mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr at Weehawken on the Hudson, and died in New York City the following day, July 12, 1804; interment in Trinity Churchyard.”