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Aaron Burr

Aaron Burr


Aaron Burr was a central figure in American public life for nearly three decades, but is
remembered mainly for two episodes in his life: his duel with Alexander Hamilton in 1804
and his schemes of empire-building that formed the basis for his treason trial in 1807.
Aaron Burr was Vice President from 1801-1809,and while in office Aaron Burr was never
impeached for his actions towards Alexander Hamilton, which resulted in the later death,
and for his schemes of empire, which resulted in his trial and acquittal on charges of
treason. Burr was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 6, 1756. In 1702 burr opened a
law practice in Albany, and in 1791 Burr had become a powerful political figure. Burr also
had many dreams that went unrealized. Aaron Burr was a central figure to American public
life, having never been impeached for killing Alexander Hamilton the prosecution left Burr
disgraced and faced with constant harassment by creditors.

Burr was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 6, 1756. Burr's parents died at an early
age, leaving him in the care of an uncle who sometimes beat him in his young life. Despite
his hardships, Burr developed into an adventuresome and precocious child. At age 16, Burr
graduated from Princeton. Burr served on Benedict Arnold's staff, where he met James
Wilkinson, who was to figure in his later plans. He then served briefly with George
Washington and later with General Israel Putnam. In July 1777, as a lieutenant colonel, he
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