The interconnected characters of ‘Hamilton’

By Laurie Bennett

October 22, 2016 at 6:47am

Who could have foreseen, in the country’s nascent days, that generations would learn or re-learn American history through a Broadway musical in which the founding fathers sing hip-hop?

Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton

If your knowledge of the characters of ‘Hamilton’ is a bit moldy, we have an interactive primer - a Muckety map of Hamilton, his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler, and his killer, Aaron Burr. (To expand players and see more links, we suggest looking at a larger version of the map.)

Their connections are myriad, for the power elite were a tight, interconnected group back then.

Elizabeth was not only the wife of the Treasury secretary, but the daughter of a U.S. senator. Her brother was a member of Congress and her sister married a member of Congress. Her brother-in-law, Stephen Van Rensselaer III, was a grandson of Philip Livingston, a delegate to the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Burr’s defense attorney at his trial for treason (that’s another story, maybe a sequel?) was Henry Clay, who would later serve as a senator and secretary of state. The trial judge was John Marshall, who became chief justice of the Supreme Court.

You can listen to the Hamilton soundtrack, for free, at Spotify.

Watch a documentary on the musical at PBS.

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