It’s history and iconic location may be why Portland Head Lighthouse is the “Most Photographed Lighthouse" in the United States. Built in 1791, It was the first lighthouse completed under President George Washington while Alexander Hamilton was Secretary of Treasury.
Hamilton had many claims to fame before he was featured in the popular broadway show.
As Secretary of Treasury he pushed for the Lighthouse Act to federalize lighthouses. He then personally administered lighthouses before assigning them to the Commissioner of Revenue. The Commissioner collected duties with a fleet of Revenue Cutters. It was the first source of revenue for the new government and the predecessor of the Coast Guard.
Portland Head was one of the lighthouses to help provide this needed source of income.