His name is already on the building overlooking Washington Parade Field at the US Coast Guard Academy but those gathered on the grounds today say Alexander Hamilton now truly has his place in the sun.
A statue of the man considered the Father of the U.S. Coast Guard was unveiled prompting a round of applause.
“I think they did a fantastic job on it and the sun came out right in time,” said Mary Anne Hamilton.
She was front row for the unveiling.
“My late husband was Alexander Hamilton’s great great grandson and JP Morgan’s grandson and that’s a lot of weight to carry around,” said Hamilton.
She was Laurens Morgan Hamilton’s 5th wife. The married when she was 31 and he was 65.
“He was named Laurens after John Laurens which was Alexander Hamilton’s best friend and in the family each generation had a Laurens,” said Hamilton.
Her husband spoke at the Academy in 1966 and she says he would be proud of this honor and even Hamilton The Musical which she says took some artistic license. Still she says it has inspired many to take a closer look at the founding father.
“Now that they’re looking back into the facts they’re finding out exactly how smart he was and what he did with the country,” said Hamilton.
“Absolutely,” said Nicole Scholet, Vice President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. “It’s been so remarkable where as before we would mention Alexander Hamilton and would have to convince people really he was an important founding father. It’s so exciting to see people now engaged and understand how important he was to the country.”
Mary Anne Hamilton was able to meet Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda who gave her a copy of his book ‘Hamilton: The Revolution’ before it even went on sale.
“He said oh just a minute and he went into his dressing room and picked up a copy of it and brought it back and signed it to me and I thought that was so kind of him,” said Hamilton.
The statue of Hamilton is holding what is called the charge. It is his letter of instruction to the commanding officers. It was written June 4, 1791.
To this day that charge is in every Coast Guard cutter captain’s wardroom. Mike Burdian is the president of the Class of 1963 which made this honor happen.
“Well to be honest we’re absolutely thrilled about that,” said Burdian.
They’re also thrilled with the accuracy of the statue right down to the shoes and Hamilton’s pony tail which are authentic to the era.