Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

American philanthropist and wife of Alexander Hamilton (1757-1854)

Elizabeth Hamilton (née Schuyler /ˈsklər/; August 9, 1757 – November 9, 1854[2]), also called Eliza or Betsey, was a socialite and philanthropist. She was from the wealthy and slave owning Van Rensselaer and Schuyler families.[3] She was married to American founding father Alexander Hamilton.

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
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Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton by Ralph Earl, 1787
Elizabeth Schuyler

(1757-08-09)August 9, 1757
DiedNovember 9, 1854(1854-11-09) (aged 97)
Resting placeTrinity Church Cemetery
Other namesEliza, Betsey[1]
Alexander Hamilton
(m. 1780; died 1804)
RelativesSee Schuyler family

She was a defender of his works, a mother, and co-founder and deputy director of Graham Windham, the first private orphanage in New York City.[4]


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  2. Presnell, Jenny L. (1999). "Hamilton, Elizabeth Schuyler (09 August 1757–09 November 1854), statesman's wife and charity worker". American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  3. Rogow, Arnold (1999). A Fatal Friendship: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Macmillan. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-8090-1621-1.
  4. Turner, Annie (2009). "Women of the Republican Court: Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (1757–1854)". Library Company of Philadelphia. Archived from the original on October 1, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2015.