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  • Aaron Burr, Jr., Vice-President of the United States (1801-1805)
  • Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury (1789-1795): Burr’s Federalist opponent.
  • In 1791, Aaron Burr defeated Hamilton’s father-in-law, General Philip Schuyler, for a seat in the United States Senate from New York. [Below: Philip Schuyler]
  • In the Election of 1800, Hamilton made it known among Federalists in the US House of Representatives that he supported Thomas Jefferson over Burr for the presidency.
  • Burr attributed his loss in the 1804 gubernatorial election in New York to a personal smear campaign by Alexander Hamilton and New York Governor George Clinton, who succeeded Burr as Vice-President in the second administration of Thomas Jefferson.
  • Theodosia Burr Alston (1783-1813): It has been alleged, although never confirmed nor documented, that one of the “despicable opinions” about Burr attributed to Hamilton was the charge that the Vice-President had an incestuous affair with his daughter, Theodosia.
  • Burr mortally wounded Hamilton in a duel outside Weehawken, New Jersey on July 11, 1804.
  • The pistols used in the Burr-Hamilton duel outside Weehawken, New Jersey on July 11, 1804.
  • Alexander Hamilton, aged 47 years, died on July 12, 1804 as a result of a gunshot wound inflicted in a duel with Vice-President Aaron Burr. [Below: Hamilton’s gravesite in Trinity Churchyard, Manhattan]
  • Under indictment for the murder of Alexander Hamilton, Burr resigned the vice-presidency and conspired with General James Wilkinson to establish a confederacy in the American southwest.
  • Burr was place on trial for treason in Richmond, Virginia in 1807.
  • US Supreme Court Justice John Marshall and District Judge Cyrus Griffin presided at trial.
  • The prosecution included future Attorney General William Wirt. George Hay and Gordon MacRae also prosecuted.
  • Burr’s defense team included: Edmund Randolph, Luther Martin, Benjamin Botts, and John Wickham.
  • Despite intense pressure from President Jefferson, Chief Justice Marshall strictly interpreted the clear wording of the Constitution leading to Burr’s acquittal.
  • Aaron Burr, Jr. suffered a stroke in 1834 and died in 1836. He is buried in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, New Jersey.