was one of the instigators of the Boston Tea
Party, called openly for resistance to Great
Britain, and signed the Declaration of
served in the first U.S. House of
Representatives, where he played a prominent role
in the ratification of Jay's Treaty.
earned distinction as a general during the
Revolutionary War, and as Vice-President of the
United States, but still managed to be disliked
served as Governor of New York for 18 years (the
longest of any New York Governor) and as
Vice-President of the United States twice.
was an accomplished minister, physician, and
scientist, as well as one of the men responsible
for settling the vast Northwest Territory.
was the youngest member of the Constitutional
Convention before serving in both houses of the
was quite probably the most accomplished man of
his day, excelling in such diverse trades as
printing, statesmanship, electricity, and
served as Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas
Jefferson, in which capacity he cut the national
debt by half, despite the $15 million purchase of
Louisiana during his tenure.
is probably best remembered for his role in the
infamous XYZ Affair of 1797, and for being the
namesake of the notorious practice known as
served as our nation's first Secretary of the
Treasury, in which capacity he saw to it that all
debts incurred by the Revolutionary War were paid
was a Revolutionary era orator and politician who
is probably best remembered for a speech in which
he said "Give me liberty or give me
served in the Continental Congress, but did not
favor separation from Great Britain. He
subsequently helped negotiate the treaty that
ended the Revolution, co-authored The
Federalist Papers, and served as the first
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
was a signer of the Constitution, a member of the
first U.S. Senate, and Minister to Great Britain.
was the man who introduced the resolutions that
ultimately led to the Second Continental Congress
drafting the Declaration of Independence.
represented New York in the Continental Congress,
and was a member of the committee
that drafted the Declaration of Independence. As
Minister to the Court of Napoleon, he negotiated
the Louisiana Purchase.