In December of 1799

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In December of 1799, General Washington died. Hamilton had always admired  Washington as a general, father figure, and friend, and the news of Washington's death  stunned Hamilton. Without an enemy to fight or general to follow, Hamilton resigned his  commission and returned to his law office in New York City. 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 
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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