Behind the great story of Jeremiah Hamilton lies tens of thousands of words of newsprint specifically about him, as well as over 50 court cases that have Hamilton listed as either plaintiff or defendant. His story goes to show the limits and possibilities the black community has in one of the nation’s largest cities.
In the middle of the 19th century, Hamilton was a broker. He found success in the same place that ran New York at that time, Wall Street. Hamilton wasn’t just a broker trying to get by, either. He was adept to the trade and was viewed as a “skilled and innovative financial manipulator,” according to the New York Times.
However, no statue has ever been put up honoring Hamilton and in fact, that will probably never exist. This is mainly due to the fact that Hamilton wasn’t necessarily a saint. He was ruthless and aggressive with his business endeavors. On the other hand, you can’t exactly blame him. Being a successful black man in those days took courage and a lot of hardball. And hardball is exactly what was brought to Hamilton.