Hamilton Legacy Award: Richard Brookhiser

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About Richard Brookhiser

Richard BrookhiserRichard Brookhiser has written a biography on Alexander Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton, American), curated the landmark exhibit "Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America" at the New-York Historical Society, and written and hosted the PBS documentary "Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton." Brookhiser has written other books on the Founding Generation, including George Washington, James Madison, Gouverneur Morris, and John and Abigail Adams. He has also written and hosted the documentary "Rediscovering George Washington."

In addition to his work on the Founding Fathers, Brookhiser is a columnist for American History and has worked for National Review since 1977. He also wrote a column for the New York Observer for twenty years, and has free-lanced for a number of magazines including The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Commentary, and Vanity Fair. In 2008 he was awarded the National Medal of the Humanities and in 2011, he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship.

To learn more about Richard Brookhiser, visit his website.

Hamilton Legacy Award Presentation Ceremony

Richard Brookhiser received the first ever Hamilton Legacy Award, which was presented by the AHA Society at Trinity Church on July 12, 2016 as part of the AHA Society's CelebrateHAMILTON annual program. In addition to being honored with the Hamilton Legacy Award, he was also officially presented with a National Hamilton Scholar plaque. 

Following the awards presentations, Richard Brookhiser gave the keynote speech for CelebrateHAMILTON 2016, titled, "Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made America Prosperous." The talk took place on the 212th anniversary of Hamilton's passing, following a graveside remembrance at Alexander Hamilton's grave in the Trinity churchyard. Richard Brookhiser's talk was aired on C-SPAN3 and is available for viewing online.

AHA Society Board Presentation of Hamilton Legacy Award

Richard Brookhiser's Hamilton Legacy Award

Brookhiser Hamilton Legacy AwardThe Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (the AHA Society) presented the Hamilton Legacy Award to Richard Brookhiser in recognition of his two decades of work in education about Alexander Hamilton. The revival of interest in Alexander Hamilton that began at the turn of the 21st century can be traced by following Richard Brookhiser’s work. Richard Brookhiser’s 1999 biography, Alexander Hamilton, American, led to a new generation of biographies on Alexander Hamilton, including Ron Chernow’s 2004 Alexander Hamilton, which would go on to serve as the inspiration for the cultural phenomenon Hamilton: An American Musical. In 2004, Brookhiser curated the landmark exhibition “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America” at the New-York Historical Society that launched during the 200th anniversary of the Hamilton-Burr duel. Brookhiser also worked with PBS to write and host the innovative documentary “Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton” that debuted in 2011.

“Because of his original and continued efforts to share Alexander Hamilton’s story, we think Richard Brookhiser is very deserving as the first recipient of the Hamilton Legacy Award,” stated AHA Society President Rand Scholet. The Hamilton Legacy Award recognizes individuals who have worked over an extended period to further the public's understanding of Alexander Hamilton's significant legacy. 


2011 Hamilton Legacy Award: Richard Brookhiser. (c) 2016 The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society
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