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Albany Law School announced today that a collection of rare documents related to Alexander Hamilton—including a hand-signed letter giving legal advice to a client—will be displayed on campus from May 14 to 21. The display is in celebration of
Hamilton’s honorary degree from Albany Law School, which will be conferred May 18 at the law school’s 167th Commencement at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
The items, part of the corporate art collection of BNY Mellon, will be available for public viewing in the law school’s 1928 Building foyer, adjacent to the library entrance.
The collection includes:
Hamilton was an immigrant, a lawyer, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, author of a large portion of the Federalist Papers, a Colonel to George Washington in the Revolutionary War, and one of the nation's founders.
Hamilton, who studied and practiced law in Albany, is being posthumously honored by Albany Law School in acknowledgment of his impact on the Capital Region and the legal community of New York State. Douglas Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton's fifth great-grandson, will accept the honorary degree.
Edward P. Swyer, President of the Swyer Companies and a strong advocate of the law school's public interest work, also will receive an honorary degree at commencement.