Hamilton Schuyler, Elizabeth

WELL-DOER (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)
BORN 9 Aug 1757, Albany, New York - DIED 9 Nov 1854, Washington, D.C.
REAL NAME Schuyler, Elizabeth
GRAVE LOCATION New York City, New York: Trinity Churchyard, Manhattan

Elizabeth Schuyler was born into a very rich family. Her father was Philip Schuyler (1733-1804), a general in the Revolutionary War. Her mother was Catherine Van Rensselaer (1734-1803). Her sister was Angelica Schuyler Church.

On 14 Dec 1780 she married Alexander Hamilton at Schuyler Mansion in Albany. They had eight children. She supported her husband against his critics and never forgave his opponents like James Monroe, who had accused him of financial irregularities.

Her husband died in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804 at a field in Weehauken where there son Philip Hamilton had also died in a duel. Elizabeeth survived Alexander for fifty years and always defended his reputation. She was very religious and spent much of her life helping orphans and widows. She was one of the founders of the New York Orphan Society, the first private orphanage in the city.

After her death in 1854 she was buried at the cemetery of Trinity Church, not far from her husband's tomb.

Family
• Husband: Hamilton, Alexander (1780-1804, Albany, New York: Schuyler Mansion)

Sources
Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Eliza Hamilton at Trinity Churchyard, New York City.
Picture by Androom (21 Apr 2010)

 


Hamilton, Alexander

Published: 16 Jan 2011
Last update: 5 Jul 2015