Alexander Hamilton’s birthday was marked in Utah on Tuesday as several of his portraits were displayed at the state Capitol.
The event was believed to be the first time that some of the portraits had been on display together. The Utah chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society was on hand for a presentation and discussion about the Founding Father’s life and legacy, and winners of a high school essay contest were recognized by the Utah Department of Culture and Community Engagement.
Hamilton, a statesman and framer of the United States who helped shape the nation’s financial system, was born Jan. 11, in either 1755 or 1757, in the British West Indies. He is famed in book and song, perhaps most notably the smash Broadway musical “Hamilton,” playing at the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City through Jan. 23.