The Clashing Politics
“It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal
government.” -Alexander Hamilton
“I own that I am not a friend to a very
energetic government. It is always
oppressive.” - Thomas Jefferson
The Rivalry Begins
Burr captures senate seat from
Election of 1800
Burr leaked private documents
Burr runs for Governor of New
A private letter meant for Philip Schuyler was released to
the press reveals Hamilton’s “despicable opinion” of Burr.
Hamilton to a duel
After rowing to the selected dueling spot, Hamilton and
Burr readied their weapons and selected their positions.
When it was time to shoot, Hamilton shot the tree next to
Burr and Burr shot Hamilton.
“I have resolved, if our interview is conducted in the usual
manner, and it pleases God to give me the opportunity, to
reserve and throw away my first fire, and I have thoughts even
of reserving my second fire.” - Hamilton
Burr had every intention of killing Hamilton that day and even later
boasted about the accuracy of his shot. According to principles of
Code Duello, he was entirely justified in shooting Hamilton.
Hamilton died from his wounds and without his leadership,
the Federalist party was left without a powerful leader.
Burr was charged with murder but was acquitted. His
political career never recovered.