Hamilton was said to have been popular with the womenfolk. Illustration by Roberto Parada
ALEXANDER HAMILTON’S NEMESIS
One such who had no love for Hamilton was another New Yorker named Aaron Burr who hailed from the opposing Democratic-Republican Party. The two crossed swords numerous times such as a prior duel Burr fought with John Baker Church in 1799, who was married to Hamilton’s sister-in-law. The duel ended peacefully with Church apologizing, and soon thereafter Burr sought Hamilton’s support in funding a water company. Unfortunately, Burr baited-and-switched Hamilton in that the new venture turned out to be not a water company at all, but the Bank of the Manhattan Company (fore-runner of today’s JP Morgan Chase Bank). Hamilton, who already had elite bankers in his pocket, did not want a new bank carrying the flag of his opponents. He withdrew, crying foul.
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In 1970 Dad was happy with his relocation to Weehawken for tax and rent reasons. As can be seen from the map above, his new home was less than 2 miles from the New York Athletic Club.
However, there was just one teensy little problem. He literally could not get there from here. Two miles away, true, is considered generally to be very close. Assuming you can find your car keys, you can cover that distance in less than 5 minutes in most places in America. Except from Weehawken to New York City during dining, drinking, and playing hours.
Dad tried, of course, to pop over to his old stomping grounds in Manhattan as usual. And fatigued of it fairly quickly. The traffic and parking turned out to be too much of a nightmare. Thus, I imagine that Dad felt a little cut-off. I am sure that he tried the Irish pub downstairs when he felt like “catting around” but found the local talent to be lacking. He never went there with me or mentioned it to me, ever.
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