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The Common Room / Re: Paternity of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)
« on: Tuesday 24 January 23 19:56 GMT (UK)  »
Last reply is common knowledge to anyone who has read any of a dozen biographies of Hamilton.  Probably a response to a specific question on the web, quoting the history now in question.  Author Ron Chernow wrote the most recent biography of Alexander Hamilton (2017) states on page 735:

"I consulted two of the world's top geneticistóDr. Victor McKusick of the John Hopkins School of Medicine and Sir Alec J. Jeffreys of the University of Leicesteróto determine whether a surviving lock of Hamilton's hair might yield up secrets about his racial ancestry.  ...  Then I discovered that a retired professor at Pennsylvania State University, Gordon Hamilton (no relation to Alexander), was coordinating a Hamilton DNA Project." 
A lock of Hamilton's hair was preserved after his death in a duel with Aaron Burr.

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The Common Room / Re: Paternity of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)
« on: Sunday 22 January 23 19:48 GMT (UK)  »
The previous comment from mikedhamilton12 confuses paternity with descendant.  It is Alexander Hamilton's father in question, not his children.

The biography of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (2004) suggests (p734-735) that existing hair samples from Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) could be used to establish whether John Hamilton of the Scottish Hamilton line is the father, or another person, merchant Thomas Stevens was the father?  The reason for this confusion is that Alexander's brother was a dull lad; Alexander was brilliant.  Stevens had a son who had a striking resemblance to Alexander.

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