Cruger and Knox realized that the young Hamilton

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Cruger and Knox realized that the young Hamilton, who had little formal education,  required a crash course to prepare him for the academic rigors of the College of New  Jersey. They arranged for Alexander to study Latin and Greek at the Presbyterian  Academy in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. There, Hamilton met many prominent  individuals and intellectuals, and befriended many of the trustees, and even the  headmaster. Hamilton worked hard for several months, and was deemed prepared  enough to enter college by the summer of 1773. He was now sixteen years old. Knox and Cruger obtained for Hamilton an interview with the president of the College of  New Jersey, Dr. John Witherspoon, who had acquired a reputation for being one of the  most intelligent scholars and clergyman of his time, and would later go on to sign the  Declaration of Independence. Hamilton's interview with Witherspoon did not go well. 
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