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In the first decade of the republic, Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury, played a decisive role in shaping domestic policy and in the eventual creation of the General Land Office.

In 1790, five years after passage of the Land Ordinance Act, Hamilton presented a far-reaching financial program to the first Congress. 

Included in the proposal was language that would eventually form the basis for organizing and centralizing the administration of public land records.

Alexander Hamilton - Secretary of the Treasury
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