My Dear Students:

Though I may talk about Alexander Hamilton at considerable length in class, please do not assume on this basis that Alexander Hamilton was actually a US president. More significantly, please refrain from insisting — as several of you have already done on the tests I’m grading this evening — that Alexander Hamilton was “one of our greatest presidents” or that, much worse, that he was “our first president.”

Because I never said these things, and it hurts me to think that you may believe I did.

I am, however, pleased to see that so many of you have watched this definitive account of Hamilton’s early demise.  Though even this entertaining and informative video should not have led you to conclude that Hamilton was at any point the nation’s chief executive.  Because he was not.

That is all.


Your Affectionate Professor