The stupendous popularity of the musical Hamilton provides an opportunity to reassess the Hamiltonian political tradition, and determine which recent American politicians might be called Hamiltonians. While the major American political divide, since at least the 1930s, has been between conservatives and progressives, as we understand them, the previous divide, between Hamiltonians and Jeffersonians, has never completely vanished. Conservatism and progressivism can each take both Hamiltonian and Jeffersonian forms. The policies of the progressive centrist Bill Clinton, while they were not always Hamiltonian, do…