A look at the daily routine of Alexander Hamilton, who loved coffee and worked for marathon stretches of time

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  • Alexander Hamilton was the first Treasury Secretary of the US.
  • He also spearheaded promoting the US Constitution and founded the national’s financial system, the US Coast Guard, and The New York Post.
  • Take a look at some of the habits and strategies that helped Hamilton remain productive throughout his career.

Alexander Hamilton was a pretty busy guy.

Heck, the whole song “Non-Stop” in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway hit “Hamilton” is dedicated to the man’s meteoric rise from orphaned Nevis immigrant to aide-de-camp to George Washington to full-fledged Founding Father.

Hamilton had a tremendous influence on the development of the United States. Not only was he the first Treasury Secretary of the young country, he was also responsible for founding our financial system and ensuring the adoption of the US Constitution.

In his spare time, Hamilton kicked off the US Coast Guard, The New York Post, and the New York Manumission Society, which fought for the abolition of slavery in New York.

Here’s a breakdown of what a day in the life of Alexander Hamilton might have looked like:

In a 1800 letter to his then-18-year-old son Philip — who would die in a duel three years before the famous Hamilton-Burr showdown of 1804— Hamilton extolled the benefits of rising early.

Source: The Founders Archives 

He advised Philip to wake up no later than 6 a.m. from April to October, and no later than 7 a.m. for the rest of year. Hamilton added that his son would “deserve commendation” if he deigned to rise earlier.

Source: The Founders Archives

Given Hamilton’s own intense work ethic, it’s not a stretch to imagine that he himself also woke up relatively early.

Source: The Founders Archives

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