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.