Alexander Hamilton Medal

For Lifetime Contributions to Professional Public Relations

Each year the Institute for Public Relations presents its highest award to someone who has made major contributions to the practice of public relations, including effective use of research.

The Alexander Hamilton Medal is given in recognition of the carefully planned strategies Hamilton used to gain the acceptance and the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. Many early leaders including Thomas Jefferson opposed a strong central government. Hamilton believed without centralized control the United States would never be united or become a great nation.

Noted scholars have called Hamilton’s techniques of persuasion, his authorship of most of the 85 Federalist Papers and their carefully timed release, plus his compelling debates, “the finest use of public relations in history.”

In that same spirit, the Alexander Hamilton medal honors the person whose exemplary efforts demonstrate the power of the effective use of public relations and research.