◦ Continental Army
◦ Went to law
◦ Senator of New York
◦ Election of 1800
Jefferson asked for Burr’s Help, Burr developed
◦ Guilty of crimes, pretty much a dead man.
Early Life to Mid Life
◦ Served in Constitutional Convention
◦ Served in Army
Mid Life to death
◦ Burr conflict
Jefferson and Burr tied in election.
Tied 73 votes.
House chose Jefferson as President and Burr
Dropped from cabinet
After dropped, Burr started to plot secession
Hamilton foiled the plan
Burr challenged Hamilton
Hamilton was wounded badly, died next day.
Never really tried in court.
July 11, 1804
Burr had leased land in Texas.
Worked with General James Wilkinson
Went over to the West, and supposedly tried
to separate the West from the East
Wilkinson soon betrayed Burr, after he found
out Jefferson found out the scheme
Arrested and tried for treason by John
Marshall but was acquitted
James Wilkinson’s “handwritten evidence”
Election of 1800, Twelfth Amendment which
changed the way of voting for vice-president
Federalist party destroyed. Led to
Even Hamilton as a Federalist supported
Jefferson more than Burr
Hamilton’s son was killed in a duel. Related to
why he couldn’t pull the trigger?
Samuel Swartwout said to have been on Burr’s
Hamilton fired in the air, Burr perceived it as
“throwing away his shot” and fired back
◦ Different perspective from different historians.
Some say it was meant to miss, while others say he
wanted to ruin Burr’s life once and for all.
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