In Photos: Lin-Manuel Miranda Visits Treasury

On March 14, 2015, Secretary Jack Lew welcomed the creator and star of Broadway’s Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Secretary and Miranda talked about the enduring mark Alexander Hamilton left on our nation’s history and the Secretary provided a brief tour of Hamilton’s possessions and portraits on display at the Treasury Department.


Lin-Manuel Miranda and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew pose for a photo in front of the Alexander Hamilton statue on the south side of the Treasury Department, March 14, 2016. (Official Treasury Photo by Chris Taylor)

This was Miranda’s first visit to the Treasury Department. Miranda was accompanied by his father, Luis A. Miranda, Jr. of New York City.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis A. Miranda, Jr., and Secretary Lew walk up the steps of the Treasury Department, March 14, 2016. (Official Treasury Photo by Chris Taylor)
“[Lin-Manuel] identified a quintessentially American story. In the character of Hamilton — a striving immigrant who escaped poverty, made his way to the New World, climbed to the top by sheer force of will and pluck and determination — Lin-Manuel saw something of his own family, and every immigrant family. And in the Hamilton that Lin-Manuel and his incredible cast and crew bring to life — a man who is ‘just like his country, young, scrappy, and hungry’ — we recognize the improbable story of America, and the spirit that has sustained our nation for over 240 years.”
— President Obama in his opening remarks to the Hamilton White House performance
Lin-Manuel Miranda snaps a photo of Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew by Alexander Hamilton’s portrait in the corridor of the Treasury Department, March 14, 2016. (Official Treasury Photo by Chris Taylor)
Secretary Lew shows Lin-Manuel Miranda the original silverware that belonged to Alexander Hamilton. The silver set consists of six dinner forks and 12 dinner knives, and the silver is engraved with the Hamilton family crest, depicting an oak tree and saw. (Official Treasury Photo by Chris Taylor)
Lin-Manuel Miranda points out the U.S. Silver Certificate printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, March 14, 2016. (Official Treasury Photo by Chris Taylor)
Secretary Lew shows Lin-Manuel Miranda and Luis A. Miranda, Jr. a framed photo of his family in his office, March 14, 2016. (Official Treasury Photo by Chris Taylor)
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Lin-Manuel Miranda discuss matters in front of the Alexander Hamilton portrait hanging in the Secretary’s office, March 14, 2016. (Official Treasury Photo by Chris Taylor)
Secretary Lew points out something to Lin-Manuel Miranda in his office, March 14, 2016. (Official Treasury Photo by Chris Taylor)

The Secretary thanked Miranda for the ingenious way in which he has been able to tell Hamilton’s story and ignite a renewed interest in one of our nation’s founding fathers. Secretary Lew also reiterated his commitment to continue to honor Alexander Hamilton on the 10 dollar bill.

“We hope that the remarkable life of Alexander Hamilton will show our young people the possibilities within themselves, and how much they can achieve in the span of a lifetime.” — President Obama

Later in the day, the Hamilton cast and band took a break from rehearsing in the East Wing of the White House and stopped by the Treasury for a tour of the building.

The cast and band of Hamilton listens to a Treasury docent by the West Stairwell of the Treasury Department, March 14, 2016. (Official Treasury Photo by Chris Taylor)
The cast and band of Hamilton pose for a photo in the Salmon P. Chase Suite, or the current General Counsel office, March 14, 2016. (Official Treasury Photo by Chris Taylor)
The cast and band of Hamilton take a photo with Secretary Jack Lew in front of the Alexander Hamilton statue on the south side of the Treasury Department, March 14, 2016. (Official Treasury Photo by Chris Taylor)
The cast and band of Hamilton share a laugh with Secretary Lew on the south side of the Treasury Department, March 14, 2016. (Official Treasury Photo by Chris Taylor)