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Albany Law to grant honorary degree to Alexander Hamilton

Albany Law to grant honorary degree to Alexander Hamilton

Degree to be accepted by Hamilton's descendant
Albany Law to grant honorary degree to Alexander Hamilton
A statue of Alexander Hamilton can be seen on the grounds of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in New York, Jan. 16, 2016.
Photographer: Byron Smith/The New York Times

He helped pen the Federalist papers. He was the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury. He served as George Washington's aide-de-camp during the Revolutionary War and was later killed in a duel.

And next month, Alexander Hamilton will be able to add an honorary law degree from Albany Law School to his list of accomplishments.

"Alexander Hamilton's ties to the Albany area are significant," Albany Law Dean Alicia Ouellette said in a release about the honorary degree, pointing out that Hamilton spent time studying and practicing law in the Albany area. "By conferring this degree, we are acknowledging his impact on the Capital Region and New York's legal community."

A direct descendant, Douglas Hamilton, will accept the degree in Hamilton's name, according to the release.

Hamilton married Elizabeth Schuyler, the daughter of a prominent figure in Albany at the time, in 1780 at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany. He traveled between New York City and Albany for his law practice.

At its May 18 commencement, the law school is also granting an honorary degree to Edward Swyer, president of the Swyer Companies, which owns and manages commercial developments in the Capital Region. Swyer and his family have made significant contributions to the law school over the years, according to the release.

"He is a true believer in the power of law to build and strengthen communities, and a strong advocate for the important legal work done by our (legal) clinics," Ouellette said.

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