Ten years ago I decided to enliven constitutional history for my students by sharing biographical curiosities about the Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson once received a “mammoth cheese” that weighed more than 1,200 pounds. James Madison lost re-election to the Virginia legislature because he refused to dispense free whiskey to voters. Alexander Hamilton, the Caribbean orphan turned financial visionary—well, something about his origin story left me unsettled.
Numerous biographers have noted that Hamilton’s mother was named Rachel Levine and that she enrolled him in a Jewish school on his native island of Nevis. Yet no scholar took seriously the idea that mother and son might have claimed a Jewish identity. Hamilton’s status as a cradle-to-grave Christian was taken on faith.
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