A letter [“Hillary’s Disaster Record”] in the April 30 edition of the Mountain Xpress supporting Mr. Obama referred to his family tree, [naming several] U.S. presidents including “Hamilton—who authored our Constitution.” Such a lack of knowledge of American history surprises me from “a retired, progressive female.”
Alexander Hamilton was never president of the United States. Indeed, many have theorized that Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution, which requires the president to be a “natural born citizen,” was aimed at Mr. Hamilton—as he was born in the British West Indies. As to his reputed authorship of the Constitution, that claim usually is reserved for James Madison of Virginia, who was our fourth president. Hamilton did contribute to the Federalist Papers, which were a series of propaganda tracts urging ratification of the Constitution.
When one writes a polemic bashing one candidate and supporting another, it really helps to get your facts correct. Otherwise, both you and your favored candidate look like fools.
— John Richardson
Editor’s note: In preparing the letter in question for publication, Xpress missed this factual error. We do not knowingly publish erroneous information.