Phillip Hamilton

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Phillip Hamilton (born 14 February 1961 in Toronto, Canada, though not Canadian) is the author of the books, The Making and Unmaking of a Revolutionary Family and Serving the Old Dominion,[1] a history of Christopher Newport University a state university in Virginia.[2]


Hamilton graduated from Gettysburg College, then attended graduate school in history at Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned a Ph.D. He then moved to St. Peters, Missouri with his wife, Christina where he got a job there at Lindenwood University They lived in St. Peters, Missouri and had two children, Thomas, born in 1993 and Jacob, born in 1997. They then moved to Newport News, Virginia where he was hired as an associate history professor at Christopher Newport University.[3] After seven years of writing, editing, and submitting, his book was finally published, The Making and Unmaking of a Revolutionary Family. Afterwards, Paul S. Trible Jr., the president of CNU asked him to begin writing Serving the Old Dominion, a history of Christopher Newport University, which was recently completed.[4]


“Gentry Women and the Transformation of Daily Life in Jeffersonian and Antebellum Virginia,” in Women

Shaping the South: Creating and Confronting Change, edited by Angela Boswell and Judith N. McArthur (Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2006).

“The Articles of Confederation,” History in Dispute: The American Revolution, edited by Keith Krawczynski (Detroit: St. James Press, 2003).

“Revolutionary Principles and Family Loyalties: Slavery’s Transformation in the St. George Tucker Household of Early National Virginia,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3d series, 55(October 1998), 531556

“Education in the St. George Tucker Household: Change and Continuity in Jeffersonian Virginia,” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 102(April 1994), 167192