The Outsider: Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton (Courtesy Library of Congress)

On 11 January 1755 or 1757 (the date is uncertain, but for the sake of clarity we shall assume it is 1755) Alexander Hamilton was born to James Hamilton and Rachel Faucett on Nevis Island, a British territory  James was a … Continue reading

First Lady: Martha Dandridge Custis Washington

Martha Dandridge Courtesy Library of Congress

Martha Dandridge, known as Patsy, was born on 2 June 1731 to John and Frances (Jones) Dandridge at the Dandridge home, Chestnut Grove in Virginia. Martha was the eldest of seven children. While the Dandridges were not as wealthy as … Continue reading

The Father of His Country: George Washington

George Washington with Martha and grandchildren Courtesy Library of Congress

George Washington was born on 22 February 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia to Augustine and Mary (Ball) Washington. George was tall for his time and noted for being a good dancer. He was thoroughly trained in etiquette, referring to a list he … Continue reading

The Disgraced Hero: “Light Horse Harry” Henry Lee

Light-Horse Harry Lee Courtesy Wikipedia

Henry Lee III was born on 29 January 1756 to Henry Lee II and Lucy Grymes, a wealthy and prestigious family. The family home, Leesylvania was located outside of Dumfires, Virginia. Lee III proved a proficient child, excelling in his … Continue reading

The Prussian Rebel: Baron de Steuben

Baron de Steuben Courtesy Library of Congress

Friedrich Wilhelm Ludoff Gerhard Augustin von Steuben was born on September 17, 1730 to a Calvinist family in Magdeburg, Prussia. His father was a military officer in the Prussian army and the family wasn’t at all wealthy. But as an … Continue reading