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Book About Alexander Hamilton's Boyhood on St. Croix Published

Sept. 15, 2006 – "Alexander Hamilton: The Founding Father's Boyhood on St. Croix," by Robert Hoffman, has been published.
Hamilton was born on Nevis in 1755 and 10 years later moved to St. Croix with his mother Rachelle Faucette and his brother James Jr.
Rachel is buried at the Grange, greathouse of the Lytton family's plantation in Estate Grange just outside the town of Christiansted. Anne Lytton was Rachel's sister. Hamilton's father, James, departed St. Croix a few months after the family's arrival, never to rejoin his children. Because of a complicated divorce from one John Lavien, Rachel was never married to James Hamilton, rendering the Hamilton boys "obscene children" in the legal term of the day.
Through the intervention of friends and his employer Nicholas Kruger, Hamilton was sent to the American British Colonies for formal schooling in 1773 and never set foot on his adopted island again. He went on to become a great statesman, a Founder of the United States of America and the country's first secretary of the treasury. He was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804.
Robert Hoffman is a former editor of the St. Croix Avis and news director for WYAC-FM on St. Croix. He was Eastern Caribbean correspondent for the Associated Press, and his work has appeared in dozens of newspapers and periodicals over the last 40 years. Hoffman is also president of the Alexander Hamilton Society of St. Croix.
The book is on sale at Undercover Bookstore in Gallows Bay and Dockside Bookstore in Havensight Mall, among many other outlets in the territory.

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