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Economic Commentary

Who Is That Guy on the $10 Bill?

Alexander Hamilton is perhaps the least known and most misunderstood of our nation’s founders. His contributions include creating a monetary standard, forming the foundation of our banking system, and establishing the creditworthiness of our young nation. This Economic Commentary describes the debt our nation’s financial strength owes to Hamilton.

The views authors express in Economic Commentary are theirs and not necessarily those of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland or the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The series editor is Tasia Hane. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. This paper and its data are subject to revision; please visit for updates.

Suggested Citation

Bryan, Michael F., Bruce Champ, and Jennifer K. Ransom. 2000. “Who Is That Guy on the $10 Bill?” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 6/1/2000.