Another one who dies in the end. He was killed in a duel by lame duck Vice President Aaron Burr. What I did not know before reading “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow (the book upon which the musical is based) are the fascinating details about the confrontation itself — and that his eldest son was killed two years earlier in a similar duel!
Even more remarkable is the vast contribution Hamilton made to the founding of our country. An immigrant, he served as an aide to Washington during the American Revolution and commanded troops during the war’s climactic battle. A brilliant intellectual genius, he was a prolific writer. He founded the New York Post. As principal author of the Federalist Papers, he helped sway popular opinion to get the U.S. Constitution ratified. He clashed with Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. As the country’s first Treasury Secretary, he inaugurated our country’s banking and taxation systems and founded the Customs Service and the Coast Guard.
With all the domestic and international turmoil going on at the time, it’s hard to imagine our country lasting into the 19th Century had it not been for Hamilton. I enjoyed every page of this book.
Here are a few pages from the June 2017 issue of Endo Tribune, which includes my write-up and photographs from AAE17, the annual session of the American Association of Endodontists, held earlier this year in New Orleans. My article about AAE17 is published on the Dental Tribune website — direct link here.
While at the event, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Anne Koch and attend one of her lectures, in which she talked openly about undergoing a gender transition, which included gender confirmation surgery. My interview with Dr. Koch is published on the Dental Tribune website — direct link here.
I also interviewed Dr. Peter A. Morgan, president of the Foundation for Endodontics, about that organization’s recent volunteer outreach to provide dental care to residents of Treasure Beach, Jamaica. A direct link to that article is here.
The General Session featured a political discussion with local residents James Carville and Mary Matalin (pictured in the featured image above).
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I just finished another presidential biography, “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” by Jon Meacham. He dies at the end. They all die at the end. What’s remarkable is that Jefferson and Adams both died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.