Alexander Hamilton is widely regarded as the most important founding father to never hold the presidency. Of the many titles he did possess, including first Secretary of the Treasury, mariners are especially appreciative of his status as godfather of the U.S. Coast Guard. His renowned economic prowess convinced Congress to establish not only a fleet to protect commerce with overseas nations but also laws to encourage and elevate shipping by domestic vessels. His desire to grow our young nation’s maritime industry and curb the threatening ability of foreign vessels planted the seeds for many of the laws we have today, especially the Jones Act.
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