AARON BURR, one of the many brilliant figured on the political stage in the early days of America, was born
at Newark, New Jersey, February 6, 1756. He was the son of Aaron and Esther Burr, the former the president of the
College of New Jersey, and the latter a daughter of Jonathan Edwards, who had been piesident of the same educational
institution. Young Burr graduated at Princeton in 1772. In 1775 he joined the provincial army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
For a time, he served as a private soldier, but later was made an aide on the staff of the unfortunate General
Montgomery, in the Quebec expedition. Subsequently he was on the staffs of Arnold, Putnam and Washington, the latter
of whom he disliked. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel and commanded a brigade on Monmouth's bloody
field. In 1779, on account of feeble health, Colonel Burr resigned from the army. He took up the practice of law
in Albany, New York, but subsequently removed to New York City. In 1789 he became attorney general of that state.
In 1791 he was chosen to represent the state of New York in the United States senate and held that position for
six years. In 1800 he and Thomas Jefferson were both candidates for the presidency, and there being a tie in the
electoral college, each having seventy three votes, the choice was left to congress, who gave the first place to
Jefferson and made Aaron Burr vice president, as the method then was. In 1804 Mr. Burr and his great rival, Alexander
Hamilton, met in a duel, which resulted in the death of the latter, Burr losing thereby considerable political
and social influence. He soon embarked in a wild attempt upon Mexico, and as was asserted, upon the southwestern
territories of the United States. He wis tried for treason at Richmond, Virginia, in 1807, but acquitted, and to
avoid importunate creditors, fled to Europe. After a time, in 1812, he returned to New York, where he practiced
law, and where he died, September 14, 1836. Aman of great ability, brilliant and popular talents, his influence
was destroyed by his unscrupulous political actions and immoral private life.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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