264 years ago today, Alexander Hamilton was born. Take a moment today to watch this video and reflect on the enormous contributions Hamilton made to our fledgling nation.

It would be only a slight exaggeration to say that Alexander Hamilton invented the United States of America.

George Washington was the guiding star; Thomas Jefferson, the visionary; and Benjamin Franklin, the sage. But Hamilton was the pragmatist, the man who got it done.

This most self-made of self-made men took a country with no past and planned its future.

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