Unlike many of the other Founding Fathers of America

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Unlike many of the other Founding Fathers of America, Alexander Hamilton was not  born into a family of wealth and title. Hamilton's mother, Rachel Fawcett, married sugar  planter John Lavien on the island of St. Croix in the 1740s. Their relationship was  tumultuous, and Lavien frequently beat her. After Lavien had Rachel imprisoned for a  short term after one fight, she left her husband and son and fled to the islands of Nevis  and St. Kitts in the Caribbean. While there, Rachel met James Hamilton in 1751 and  lived with him for nearly fifteen years, even though she had not formally divorced Lavien.  James Hamilton and Rachel Lavien had two sons together: James, who was born in  1753, and Alexander. Interestingly, the exact year of Alexander Hamilton's birth is  unknown because historians have found two sets of birth records. One set claims  Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755, while the other says he was born in 1757. 
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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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