Alexander Hamilton Playground
Hamilton Pl., W. 140 St. To W. 141 St.
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One of the most eminent statesmen of the Colonial Days, Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) was also the most distinguished resident of the neighborhood that has become known as Harlem Heights. Born in the British West Indies, Hamilton moved to New York in 1772 for his formal education, attending King’s College (now Columbia University). While still a teenager, he volunteered for service in the Revolutionary War in a New York artillery company, where he rose to the rank of captain. From 1777-1781, Hamilton served as an aide-de-camp to General George Washington at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.