National Hamilton Scholar: Michael E. Newton
About Michael E. Newton
Michael E. Newton is a historian specializing in the American Revolution and Founding Era. He graduated summa cum laude with honors and multiple degrees from Arizona State University. He is the author of the seminal work Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years, which provides a comprehensive and accurate account of Alexander Hamilton’s origins, youth, and service during the Revolutionary War. His other book titles include The Path to Tyranny: A History of Free Society's Descent into Tyranny as well as Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers: The Fight for Control of the American Revolution.
To learn more about Michael E. Newton, visit his website.
National Hamilton Scholar Presentation Ceremony
Michael E. Newton was officially presented with his National Hamilton Scholar plaque on July 7, 2016 during the AHA Society's annual CelebrateHAMILTON program. The plaque was presented by Rand Scholet, President of the AHA Society, during the "New Hamilton Discoveries" event held at Liberty Hall Museum in Union, New Jersey. During this program, Newton gave a talk disproving the myth that Martha Washington named her tomcat after Alexander Hamilton. You can explore Michael E. Newton's presentation slides from "Tomcat, Fully Refuted" here. This talk is indicative of Newton's painstaking research and in-depth analysis on many aspects of Alexander Hamilton, including the historiography that has shaped the telling of Hamilton's life.
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.