4. Alexander Hamilton in Central Park

This statue of Alexander Hamilton, in Central Park on East Drive opposite 83rd Street was cast in 1880. Hamilton certainly has a strong New York City connection and died in Greenwich Village, but he also had significant ties to Albany, the capital of New York State.

Hamilton married Elizabeth Schuyler the daughter of Albany’s Philip Schuyer and Catherine Van Rensselaer in the Schuyler Mansion (now a house museum) in Albany on Dec 14, 1790. They had eight children. Coincidentally, his first son Philip also died as a result of a duel in 1801. Hamilton first set foot in Albany in 1777 as a representative of George Washington while visiting General Horatio Gates during the Revolutionary War. He spent the next 24 years visiting Albany to see in laws and tend to his legal and political affairs there.