Born on August 9, 1757, the daughter of the Revolutionary War leader Major General Philip Schuyler. Her mother, Catherine van Rensselaer, descended from one of New York’s richest families. General George Washington’s chief aide, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hamilton, seemed to have been smitten from the moment he met her during the winter of 1779-1780.
Why Elizabeth Hamilton Is Deserving of a Musical of Her Own
smithsonianmag.com When calls for a female replacement on the ten-dollar bill erupted last year, online petitioners nominated a host of historical role models to step in for Alexander Hamilton. But one powerful, influential woman, who aided the creation of our national financial system, went unnoticed-Hamilton's wife, Elizabeth.