Philip John Schuyler (November 20, 1733 – November 18, 1804) was a General in the American Revolution and a United States Senator from New York.  Schuyler was elected to the Continental Congress in 1775, and served until he was appointed a Major General of the Continental Army in June, when took command of the Northern Department. 






Hercules Mulligan (September 25, 1740 – March 4, 1825) was a tailor and spy during the American Revolutionary War.  Born in Ireland, his family the family immigrated to North America in 1746.   In 1765, Mulligan was one of the first colonists to join the Sons of Liberty, a secret society formed to protect the rights of the colonists and to fight British taxation.  Mulligan met Alexander Hamilton shortly after Hamilton arrived in New York and his influence had a significant influence on Hamilton's conversion to America's fight for independence. 


Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (September 6, 1757 – May 20, 1834), in the U.S. often known simply as Lafayette, was a French aristocrat and military officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War. A close friend of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson, Lafayette was a key figure in the French Revolution of 1789 and the July Revolution of 1830. Read  more about Lafayette's amazing role in the American Revolution.

Horatio Lloyd Gates (July 26, 1727 – April 10, 1806) was a retired British soldier who served as an American general during the Revolutionary War. He took credit for the American victory in the Battles of Saratoga (1777) – a matter of contemporary and historical controversy – and was blamed for the defeat at the Battle of Camden in 1780. Gates has been described as "one of the Revolution's most controversial military figures" because of his role in the Conway Cabal, which attempted to discredit and replace George Washington; the battle at Saratoga; and his actions during and after his defeat at Camden.

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (August 9, 1757 – November 9, 1854), sometimes called "Eliza" or "Betsey," was co-founder and deputy director of the first private orphanage in New York City. She was the wife of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. Elizabeth was born in Albany, New York, the second daughter of Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler and Catherine (Van Rensselaer) Schuyler. The Van Rensselaers were one of the richest and most politically influential families in the New York State.  Read more about Elizabeth.

Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis (95 BC, Rome – April 46 BC, Utica), commonly known as Cato the Younger, was a politician and statesman in the late Roman Republic, and a follower of the Stoic philosophy. A noted orator, he is remembered for his stubbornness and tenacity (especially in his lengthy conflict with Julius Caesar), as well as his immunity to bribes, his moral integrity, and his famous distaste for the ubiquitous corruption of the period.  Learn about how this ancient Roman became a rode model and inspiration of George Washington.