Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton – Tilar J. Mazzeo

Eliza HamiltonIt was the winter of 1779-80. Eliza was twenty-two and it was time for her to find a husband. Knowing that her old beau, Tench Tilghman, would be stationed at the army’s winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey, her father arranged for her to pass the winter with Aunt Gertrude and Uncle John, the camp surgeon. So Eliza came to look for a husband, and Alexander Hamilton was there looking for a wife. Eliza Hamilton was an amazing woman, a strong woman. She was born into the prominent New York Schuyler family and most of her childhood was spend on family lands in Saratoga, on the site of traditional Mohawk hunting grounds. She had eight children before she was forty. And her life didn’t end with the death of her husband. She was one of the founders of the first private orphanage in New York City, traveled by steamboat to the west to see her son in her eighties, and continued to be active until her death at ninety-seven. This was so easy to read, full of descriptions of daily life, full of interesting people, it reads like a novel. The author does take a few liberties describing Eliza’s reactions to events, but that’s just a small thing and it makes Eliza come to life. I enjoyed the book very much and highly recommend it.

eGalley review                                                            Publication date 9.18.18

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