Early Canada Postal History Collection, 1946-2001, n.d.
|dc.description||Alexander Hamilton was a businessman, militia officer, office holder, and judge. He was born on July 3rd, 1790 in Queenston, Ontario. He was the son of Robert Hamilton and Catherine Robertson, née Askin. He attended school at Queenston and Niagara and went to Scotland in 1795 for further education. He worked at his father’s business for a short time after returning from Scotland, but the business failed. Hamilton was involved in the War of 1812, particularly with small raiding and reconnoitering parties. He became a captain under Major Thomas Merritt in the Niagara Light Dragoons on 1 May 1812 and later served under William Hamilton Merritt. After the War of 1812, Hamilton applied for posts in the Niagara District as they became vacant. In 1817, he received his first commission as a justice of the peace. He held posts between 1821 and 1839 as postmaster and deputy collector of customs at Queenston. He was also a surrogate court judge, and sheriff of the Niagara District. By 1833, he had recouped some of his fortune which allowed him to begin construction at Queenston of a mansion, Willowbank, which still stands.||en_US|
|dc.description.abstract||The collection is related to the Alexander Hamilton/Early Canada Postal Collection (RG 699). It includes an inventory of some of the correspondence contained in that collection, an article about the collection written by Percy Band and published in The American Philatelist, and general information about Canadian stampless covers and postmarks, the postal history of Canada, and Alexander Hamilton.||en_US|
|dc.rights||CC0 1.0 Universal||*|
|dc.subject||Hamilton, Alexander, 1790-1839||en_US|
|dc.title||Early Canada Postal History Collection, 1946-2001, n.d.||en_US|
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