Comparison Of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton

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Soon after the birth of America, many profound leaders and colonial individuals voiced their views concerning national policies; of those men, two shine through the somewhat foggy opinions of others with strong, never dwindling thoughts that would shape a nation. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson served together in George Washington's first cabinet. They were both regarded highly for their intelligence as well as their stern ambition; however, it was the strongly opposing views during the 1790's that lit the way for developing political parties.

Alexander Hamilton was a young lawyer who was esteemed as brilliant and dynamic. He was thought to be charming, courageous, and full of inexhaustible ambition. He was a strong advocate for strong central government and refused to be held back by the strict wording of the Constitution which he once referred to as "a shilly shally thing." Hamilton admired British culture and even advocated for stronger diplomatic and commercial ties with the former mother country; yet, he fought for American independence.

He voiced concerns of the role of people in the shaping of public policy. He envisioned that the greatest threat in a republican society was not that of monarchy but, that of anarchy. Hamilton wished to establish a national bank, and instill a federal credit system; wherein, he encouraged the nation's wealthiest patrons to invest in the future of the United States

Thomas Jefferson was a Virginian who failed to stand out as well in the general public; therefore, many contemporaries saw this as a lack of ambition. They were dreadfully wrong. Jefferson was not attempting to quench a thirst for power; he was searching for a way to quench his desire for an opportunity to advance the democratic principles he had eloquently set forth in the Declaration of Independence. He was inspired by what...