Q: This Kansas county was named for one of America's Founding Fathers who never became president. His picture appears on the $10 bill and a hit Broadway play is named after him. Give us the name of the county and, therefore, the name of this man.
A: Hamilton, as in Alexander Hamilton
Hamilton County, in southwest Kansas, is named after the American statesman Alexander Hamilton, one of the nation's Founding Fathers. Alexander Hamilton was the founder of the nation's financial system, the Federalist Party and the U.S. Coast Guard. He served in the American Revolution and was a senior aide to General George Washington. After the war, Hamilton served as the first Secretary of the Treasury, creating economic policies for George Washington's administration.
Hamilton is also remembered today for being on the losing end of a deadly pistol duel with political rival Aaron Burr. New audiences are learning more about Hamilton's life and times due to the popularity of the 2015 hit Broadway musical Hamilton.
And though he never served as president of the United States, Hamilton is still widely revered today. His image appears on the $10 bill.
Fun Factoid: The other widely-circulated U.S. banknote that depicts someone other than a U.S. president is the $100 bill, which features Benjamin Franklin.
Sad Factoid: Hamilton’s son also lost his life in a duel, just a few years before his father’s death.