Take Your Shot!
July 3, 2020
Alexander Hamilton was truly one of the greatest ghostwriters of all time.
He was also one of our most accomplished founding fathers, the nation's first treasury secretary, the creator of the New York Post, and a crack shot with a Wogdon & Barton flintlock dueling pistol.
In spite of that duel with Aaron Burr, in which Alex fired into the air rather than kill his old friend.
But what did he ghostwrite?
Well, Alexander Hamilton wrote George Washington's speeches, his letters to generals in the field, and just about every other communication to anyone who clamored for the attention of the first President of the United States. Including Washington's final farewell to the nation when he retired after two terms. All of that ghostwriting would have been a full time job all by itself, but Hamilton did plenty of writing in his own name, as well - most of the Federalist Papers, some beautiful letters, and a long confessional pamphlet all about adultery and blackmail.
Hamilton became such a good ghostwriter for Washington that after a while, he didn't even need to consult with George.
Think about that: Alexander Hamilton knew the mind of George Washington so well he could answer his letters, write his speeches, and issue orders to generals in the field without even checking in with the boss first.
Now that's a great ghostwriter!
I don't know if Alex ghostwrote any of George's letters to Martha Washington, but given Hamilton's reputation as a ladies' man and his talent as a poet, I'm sure she would have enjoyed reading them. After all, George could be a bit stodgy, although he did have a lot on his mind, what with the revolution and birthing a democracy and all.
If you have a lot on your mind, why not do a little writing of your own? If you need a little inspiration, watch the filmed version of the hit musical Hamilton. It will definitely get your blood pumping.
We'll be your Hamilton!