Author Tony Williams discusses Washington-Hamilton governmental relationship in young America

Washington and Hamilton were improbable allies in shaping the form of the as yet undetermined American government. They were each working to implement their own plans for running a country, things that had never been tried before. "Washington was the indispensable general devoted to classical virtues, while Hamilton was an ambitious officer and lawyer eager for fame of the noblest kind." That something workable should come out of ever-present disputes was remarkable.

How they were able to collaborate successfully in the face of their frequent disagreements resulted in the unique but lasting form of government that we enjoy here today.

Mr. Williams presented the results of his research to the Rotary Club of James City County at a recent meeting.

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