What Happened Here:
Place Name: Trinity Episcopal Church
Location: Lower Manhattan, New York City, NY
What Happened Here: Alexander Hamilton and his family were members of Trinity Church. Following his duel with Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton received his final rites from the rector of Trinity Church before passing away on July 12th, 1804. His funeral was held at Trinity on Saturday July 14th and Hamilton was buried in the church's graveyard.
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Trinity Church was the main place of worship for the Hamilton family while they resided in town. Records in the Trinity Church Archives show that the Hamiltons rented a pew (No. 92) and that at least four of Hamilton’s children were baptized there. Also, Hamilton did legal work on behalf of the church.
Alexander Hamilton was mortally wounded in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr on Wednesday, July 11, 1804 at the Weehawken dueling grounds. He died the next day, July 12th, at the home of his close friend William Bayard after receiving final rites from the rector of Trinty Church. Hamilton's body was then moved to the home of his brother-in-law John Church on Park Place. His funeral, held on Saturday July 14th, began with a long funeral procession through the streets of lower Manhattan attended by a sea of mourning fellow citizens, which ended at the Trinity Church steps, where Hamilton’s close friend Gouverneur Morris pronounced the funeral oration. Alexander Hamilton was buried in the graveyard of Trinity Church, likely near his oldest son Philip, who was killed in a duel in 1801 on the same spot where his father was mortally wounded. Hamilton’s wife Eliza, who outlived her beloved husband by fifty years, rests next to him in the Trinity Churchyard.
Official website: Trinity Wall Street
Watch AHA Society programs filmed inside Trinity Church:
- Alexander Hamilton: Realist and Visionary by Thomas Fleming
- The Enduring Relevance of Alexander Hamilton by Dr. Richard Sylla
- Alexander Hamilton: Man of Honor by Dr. Joanne Freeman
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How to visit:
Visitors can tour inside Trinity Church and the attached churchyard where Alexander Hamilton and his wife (and their first son Philip) are buried.
Also of interest is the Alexander Hamilton bust and epitath on a tablet inside the church building. Originally donated by the New York Chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati, the bust is located on the wall directly across from the entrance to the fellowship room (former church museum).
The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society holds events at Trinity Church every year in January for Alexander Hamilton's birthday and July for Hamilton's passing. Learn more.
Address: 79 Broadway (at Wall Street), New York, NY
The church is open to visitors during the day seven days a week. The Hamilton graves in the Trinity churchyard are generally open to visitation during mornings and early afternoons, weather depending. Get up-to-date hours from the official Trinity website here.
Telephone number(s): 212-602-0800
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