Fairfax County resident Philip Andrew Hamilton, a descendant of members of the Mayflower, Revolutionary War Patriot George Mason IV, and the Roosevelt family tied to two iconic United States Presidents, is seeking to fill a Historical Commission vacancy within the City of Fairfax, Virginia. Philip Hamilton has traveled to 43, out of 50 states, within the United States of America for his history website which he began in February 2018:
Philip has visited various sites that his relative Theodore Roosevelt has been in; such as the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Santa Cruz, California that Theodore Roosevelt had once hiked with John Muir at for three days, Yosemite National Park where Theodore Roosevelt once hiked with John Muir in 1903, and at his former Ranch in Medora, South Dakota which was a stepping stone to his time as a “rough rider”. Philip Hamilton has also followed the footsteps of President Franklin Roosevelt by visiting the former United States Naval Yard in Mare Island in Vallejo, California and the the USS Iowa Battleship which FDR utilized to visit Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill in Algeria to plan for D-Day.
Philip Hamilton has dedicated time learning about the Civil Rights Movement in America by visiting the former home of Martin Luther King, Junior in Montgomery, Alabama, the Harris House which hosted many Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama, the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, the site of the sit-ins in Tallahassee, Florida, the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King, Senior and Martin Luther King, Junior once preached, the Martin Luther King Institute that Coretta Scott King helped establish within the campus of Stanford University, the site on Treasure Island, California of the African American soldiers who were put on trail for protesting segregationist military conditions after the Port Chicago explosion, in addition to many additional sites related to the history of the movement.
Philip Hamilton has personally met with Clarence Benjamin Jones, the former speechwriter and attorney for Martin Luther King, Junior, Eli Ghandi the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, and Rita Chávez the sister of farm workers’ rights activist César Chávez.
In addition, Philip Hamilton has visited the sites of various Japanese Interment Camps in Manzanar, California, Tule Lake, California, and Tupaz, Utah and has met former Japanese Internment Camp members in California and Virginia. Philip Hamilton digitalized one of his James Madison High School classmate’s interviews of Robert Nakamoto and donated that interview to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.
Philip Hamilton brings an intimate level of knowledge pertaining to hundreds of historical sites around the United States of America and will bring forth a truly unique perspective to the Historical Commission of Fairfax, City Virginia, if granted the honor of an appointment. Please contact Matthew Kaiser, the Communications Director for Fairfax City Mayor David Meyer, at Matthew.Kaiser@FairfaxVA.Gov and Susan Inskeep Gray, at Susan.Gray@FairfaxVA.Gov with your recommendation for Philip Hamilton to be appointed to the historical committee.