National Hamilton Scholar: Dr. William G. Chrystal
About Dr. William G. Chrystal
Dr. William G. Chrystal was the first individual to be designated as a National Hamilton Scholar by the AHA Society. Dr. Chrystal has dedicated decades to the study of early American History and the Founding Fathers. In addition to spending twelve years as the host of the NPR Program, The Thomas Jefferson Hour, Dr. Chrystal has spent the last decade traveling around the country giving presentations as a historical interpreter of both John Adams and Alexander Hamilton.
He is particularly passionate about discovering more about Hamilton, which has resulted in several books and publications. Dr. Chrystal is the author of Hamilton by the Slice: Falling in Love with Our Most Influential Founding Father and the editor of Thomas Jefferson vs. Alexander Hamilton: In Their Own Words. He is also the Founding Editor of the Alexander Hamilton Working Papers, an occasional publication devoted to new research and information about Alexander Hamilton.
To learn more about Dr. Chrystal, visit his website.
National Hamilton Scholar Presentation Ceremony
Dr. William G. Chrystal was presented as a National Hamilton Scholar in a ceremony on February 12, 2012, during the first Estero Summit. The honor was conferred on Dr. Chrystal by Rand Scholet, President of the AHA Society and Nicole Scholet, Vice-President of the AHA Society, with the presence of Phil Hamilton, fourth great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton and Doug Hamilton, fifth great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton.
About the "National Hamilton Scholar"
The National Hamilton Scholar designation was created by the AHA Society to recognize individuals who have produced extensive, quality work on Alexander Hamilton. In part a response to poor scholarship that pervades many past works on Alexander Hamilton, this designation signals to the public that these individuals' works are full of factual information and represent Hamilton fairly.
Recognition as a National Hamilton Scholar is given to those who have pursued an in-depth study of Alexander Hamilton and his life, not only through substantial reading, but also through true scholarship in the critical evaluation of information and study of original source documents. In addition to exemplary research, these individuals have produced writings that provide accurate, objective, and insightful information to the public about Alexander Hamilton. National Hamilton Scholars also make themselves available to answer research questions from the public that are fielded by the AHA Society. National Hamilton Scholars are responsible for the further growth in understanding on Alexander Hamilton's life, not only through discovering new information, but also through a broad public reach.