NEWTOWN — The Newtown Historical Society and the C.H. Booth Library will host a program titled Hamilton: Misery, Money and the Musical That Made Him Famous at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 12, in the meeting room of the library, 25 Main St. Dr. Raymond E. Sullivan will present the program about Alexander Hamilton, the figure who inspired the Broadway hit and a giant among the Founding Fathers.
His contributions to the early development of the United States as economist, statesman, legal scholar, politician, military commander and aide to General George Washington are legendary and his legacy remains a standard in defining national values.
Coming to New York City as a teenager from his birthplace in the Caribbean, the orphaned Hamilton soon took up the cause of the American Revolution.
His rapid rise through the ranks of the Continental Army caught the attention of General Washington and forged Hamilton’s reputation for boldness and innovation.
But his lasting place in the American story was built through his numerous contributions to the Constitution and his work in helping overcome many of the early problems in American democracy.
These later contributions reveal a sharp understanding of the character of early Americans which may have been possible only for an outsider like Hamilton.
Dr. Sullivan is a retired general and oncologic surgeon with a lifelong interest in Early American History.
He is the director of the Middlebury Historical Society and a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
His book, “Contentment: A Novel of New England’s Birth,” chronicles the harsh lives of the earliest immigrants to the New England region.
Dr. Sullivan is active in Revolutionary War Re-Enactment projects in Massachusetts and teaches various aspects of Early American History at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Connecticut in Waterbury.