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Weehawken in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Death Rock of Alexander Hamilton

 
 
Death Rock of Alexander Hamilton image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
1. Death Rock of Alexander Hamilton
Inscription. Upon this stone rested the head of the patriot, soldier, statesman, and jurist Alexander Hamilton, after the duel with Aaron Burr.
 
Location. 40° 46.2′ N, 74° 1.032′ W. Marker is in Weehawken, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Marker is on Hamilton Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weehawken NJ 07086, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Weehawken Dueling Grounds (here, next to this marker); The Hamilton-Burr Duel (here, next to this marker); Highwood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Weehawken Korea and Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eldorado Amusement Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weehawken: Gateway to New York (approx. half a mile away); Pietro di Donato (approx. 0.7 miles away); Grumman F-14 Tomcat (approx. one mile away in New York). Click for a list of all markers in Weehawken.
 
Also see . . .
1. Duel At Dawn, 1804. (Submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr's Duel. American Experience. (Submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. (Submitted on July 11, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Alexander Hamilton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
2. Alexander Hamilton Marker
The Hamilton-Burr duel took place in Weehawken, NJ because dueling was illegal in New York.

 
Categories. Patriots & Patriotism
 
Hamilton Duel Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
3. Hamilton Duel Site
The stone where a mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton lay his head is located behind a bust of him.
Marker in Weehawken, NJ image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
4. Marker in Weehawken, NJ
The Death Rock is visible behind the bust of Alexander Hamilton. New York City can be seen in the background.
Alexander Hamilton image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 18, 2014
5. Alexander Hamilton
This 1806 portrait of Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.

“Illegitimate and orphaned at an early age, Alexander Hamilton possessed the drive and intelligence that attracted wealthy patrons who sent him to study at King's College (now Columbia University). An early advocate for independence from Britain, he enlisted in the army and came to the attention of George Washington, who made him a member of his mili­tary "family."

After independence, Hamilton supported a strong national government, assisting in the ratification of the Constitution by authoring, with John Jay and James Madison, the most original contribution to American political thought, the Federalist Papers. Washington, impressed with Hamilton's mastery of economics, made him the first secretary of treasury. Hamilton's policies assumption of state debts, encouragement of commerce and manufacturing, and promotion of a national bank are credited with laying the groundwork for a strong republic. He was killed in a duel with the vice president, Aaron Burr.”— National Portrait Gallery
Alexander Hamilton Bust image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
6. Alexander Hamilton Bust
Hamilton looks away from New York City, where he died following his duel with VP Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804.
Duel Site Anniversary Event image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2013
7. Duel Site Anniversary Event
Members of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society hold a Duel Remembrance ceremony on the 209th anniversary of the famous duel.
Closeup of Alexander Hamilton Bust image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2013
8. Closeup of Alexander Hamilton Bust
<i>Alexander Hamilton Monument, Weehawken, N.J.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
9. Alexander Hamilton Monument, Weehawken, N.J.
Note here that the bust is placed directly on top of the rock, with what is almost certainly a historical marker placed on the rock's face - thus explaining the flattened inscription area and visible bolt holes on the front of the current marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,311 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   7, 8. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   9. submitted on . • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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