Angelica Hamilton

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Angelica Hamilton
Born Template:Birth date
Died Template:Death date and age
Nationality American
Parents Alexander Hamilton
Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
Relatives Philip Hamilton Template:Small
Alexander Hamilton Jr. Template:Small
James Alexander Hamilton Template:Small
John Church Hamilton Template:Small
William S. Hamilton Template:Small
Eliza Hamilton Holly Template:Small
Philip Hamilton Template:Small
Angelica Schuyler Church
Peggy Schuyler Van Rensselaer Template:Small
Philip Schuyler
Family Hamilton, Schuyler

Angelica Hamilton (September 25, 1784 – February 6, 1857) was the second child and eldest daughter of Elizabeth Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton, who was the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Early life

In a letter to the nine-year-old Angelica Hamilton, who was then staying with her grandparents in Albany, Alexander Hamilton wrote: Template:Cquote

Angelica was described as a sensitive, lively and musical girl in her youth. She was said to resemble her beautiful maternal aunt for whom she was named, Angelica Schuyler Church.[1] During her father's time as Secretary of the Treasury, Martha Washington would take Angelica with her to dance lessons along with her own children.[1]

Angelica learned French as a child and enjoyed playing the piano. Her father would often sit beside her as she played and sing along with her.

Aftermath of her brother Philip's death

Philip Hamilton, whose death in a duel in 1801 precipitated his sister Angelica's mental breakdown

In November 1801, when Angelica was 17 years old, her oldest brother Philip Hamilton died of injuries resulting from a duel with George Eacker. After Philip's death, Angelica suffered a mental breakdown that left her in a state described as "eternal childhood," and often unable even to recognize family members.[1] Though the details of what occurred are not clear from a modern medical perspective, the sudden and extreme deterioration of Angelica's mental health was believed to be in reaction to the death of Philip, with whom she had been very close.[1]

Despite her parents' best efforts to reach her, Angelica's condition only seemed to worsen. Her father had written his friend Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and asked him to send Angelica watermelons and three parakeets, as she was "very fond of birds."[1][2] After visiting the Hamilton home, James Kent tactfully described Angelica as having "a very uncommon simplicity and modesty of deportment."[1]

Adulthood and later life

Years after Alexander Hamilton's death, Angelica's aging mother could no longer care for her. Angelica was eventually placed in the care of a Dr. MacDonald of Flushing, Queens, where she remained for the rest of her life.[1]

In 1848, Angelica's sister Eliza Hamilton Holly moved their 91-year-old mother Elizabeth from New York to Washington, D.C.,[3] where she died in 1854 at the age of 97. Elizabeth Hamilton requested in her will that her other children be "kind, affectionate, and attentive" to her "unfortunate daughter Angelica."[1] Eliza Holly, in a letter to an aunt anticipating Angelica's passing, remarked that their mother had not wished to outlive Angelica, and wrote, "Poor sister, what a happy release will be hers! Lost to herself half a century."[1]

Three years after her mother's death, in February 1857, Angelica died in New York at age 72.[4] She was buried in Westchester County, New York at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery,[4] where her sister Eliza would be buried two years later; in 1878, their brother James Alexander Hamilton was also buried there.[5][6]


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