An independent scholar, Ron Chernow won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for Washington: A Life and the National Book Award in 1990 for his first book, The House of Morgan. In Alexander Hamilton, which won the George Washington Book Prize in 2005, he presents the full sweep of the founder's dramatic life and achievements. In this lecture, Chernow addresses the question, "Why did Alexander Hamilton never become President?" and makes the case that Alexander Hamilton was the most influential American who never attained the presidency. Detailing Hamilton's early life and meteoric career, Chernow then offers his educated guesses as to why Hamilton never achieved the ultimate American office.

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