As a lawyer, Hamilton focused his attention on his wealthier clients, mostly because he needed to pay for his new house in Manhattan. By this time, Hamilton had two daughters and five sons, but maintained an active public life as well. He founded a Federalist newspaper called the New York Evening Post, and later defended the editor of this paper in a libel suit that helped validate American's First Amendment, which grants freedom of speech. Nor was Hamilton out of touch with the political scene, although his involvement in national and state politics worked to his disadvantage and disappointment. As the election of 1800 drew nearer, Hamilton found against all three of the presidential candidates. He disliked both Adams and Thomas Jefferson from his earlier political career, but he was especially opposed to Aaron Burr, a former lawyer from New York.
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