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This district was part of the larger command of General Alexander McDougall , and there was much turbulence and plundering by lawless bands of civilians and by raiding parties of ill-disciplined soldiers from both armies. In March , due to continuing bad health, Burr resigned from the Continental Army.

Technically, he was no longer in the service, but he remained active in the war; he was assigned by General Washington to perform occasional intelligence missions for Continental generals, such as Arthur St. Their only child to survive to adulthood was Theodosia Burr Alston , born in Despite his wartime activities, Burr finished his studies and was admitted to the bar at Albany, New York in , the year of his marriage.

He began practicing law in New York City the following year, after the British evacuated the city. Burr served in the New York State Assembly from to In addition, he continued his military service as lieutenant colonel and commander of a regiment in the militia brigade commanded by William Malcolm. He was also Commissioner of Revolutionary War Claims in He served in the Senate until Burr ran for president in the election and received 30 electoral votes, coming in fourth behind John Adams , Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Pinckney. Jefferson ran with Burr in exchange for Burr working to obtain New York's electoral votes for Jefferson.

President John Adams appointed Washington as commanding general of U. Washington wrote, "By all that I have known and heard, Colonel Burr is a brave and able officer, but the question is whether he has not equal talents at intrigue. Burr quickly became a key player in New York politics, more powerful in time than Hamilton due largely to the power of the Tammany Society which became Tammany Hall. Burr converted it from a social club into a political machine to help Jefferson reach the Presidency, particularly in populous New York City.

Church had accused Burr of taking a bribe from the Holland Company in exchange for his political influence. Burr and Church fired at each other and missed, and afterward Church acknowledged that he was wrong to have accused Burr without proof. Burr accepted this as an apology, and the two men shook hands and ended the dispute. In , Burr founded the Bank of the Manhattan Company , and the enmity between him and Hamilton may have arisen from how he did so. These banks financed operations of large business interests owned by aristocratic members of the city.

Hamilton had prevented the formation of rival banks in the city. Small businessmen relied on tontines to buy property and establish a voting voice at this time voting was based upon property rights. Burr solicited support from Hamilton and other Federalists under the guise that he was establishing a badly needed water company for Manhattan. He secretly changed the application for a state charter at the last minute to include the ability to invest surplus funds in any cause that did not violate state law, [31] and dropped any pretense of founding a water company once he had gained approval.

Hamilton and other supporters believed that he had acted dishonorably in deceiving them. Meanwhile, construction was delayed on a safe water system for Manhattan, and writer Ron Chernow suggests that the delay may have contributed to deaths during a subsequent malaria epidemic. Burr's Manhattan Company was more than a bank; it was a tool to promote Democratic-Republican power and influence, and its loans were directed to partisans. By extending credit to small businessmen, who then obtained enough property to gain the franchise, [ clarification needed ] the bank was able to increase the party's electorate.

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Federalist bankers in New York responded by trying to organize a credit boycott of Democratic-Republican businessmen. Partisanship escalated. In the city elections, Burr combined the political influence of the Manhattan Company with party campaign innovations to deliver New York's support for Jefferson.

Before the April legislative elections, the State Assembly was controlled by the Federalists. The City of New York elected assembly members on an at-large basis. Burr and Hamilton were the key campaigners for their respective parties. Burr's Democratic-Republican slate of assemblymen for New York City was elected, giving the party control of the legislature, which in turn gave New York's electoral votes to Jefferson and Burr.

This drove another wedge between Hamilton and Burr. Burr enlisted the help of Tammany Hall to win the voting for selection of Electoral College delegates. He gained a place on the Democratic-Republican presidential ticket in the election with Jefferson. Though Jefferson and Burr won New York, he and Burr tied for the presidency overall, with 73 electoral votes each.

Members of the Democratic-Republican Party understood they intended that Jefferson should be president and Burr vice president, but the tied vote required that the final choice be made by the House of Representatives, with each of the 16 states having one vote, and nine votes required for election. Publicly, Burr remained quiet, and refused to surrender the presidency to Jefferson, the great enemy of the Federalists.

Rumors circulated that Burr and a faction of Federalists were encouraging Republican representatives to vote for him, blocking Jefferson's election in the House. However, solid evidence of such a conspiracy was lacking and historians generally gave Burr the benefit of the doubt. In , however, historian Thomas Baker discovered a previously unknown letter from William P. As a leading Democratic-Republican, Van Ness secretly supported the Federalist plan to elect Burr as president and tried to get Livingston to join.

Baker argues that Burr probably supported the Van Ness plan: "There is a compelling pattern of circumstantial evidence, much of it newly discovered, that strongly suggests Aaron Burr did exactly that as part of a stealth campaign to compass the presidency for himself. Jefferson was elected president, and Burr vice president.

Burr was never trusted by Jefferson. He was effectively shut out of party matters. As vice president, Burr earned praise from some enemies for his even-handed fairness and his judicial manner as President of the Senate; he fostered some practices for that office that have become time-honored traditions. Madison in Burr's farewell speech in March moved some of his harshest critics in the Senate to tears. But it was never recorded in full , and has been preserved only in short quotes and descriptions of the address, which defended the United States of America's system of government.

When it became clear that Jefferson would drop Burr from his ticket in the election , the Vice President ran for Governor of New York instead. Burr lost the election to little known Morgan Lewis , in what was the largest margin of loss in New York's history up to that time. Alexander Hamilton also opposed Burr, due to his belief that Burr had entertained a Federalist secession movement in New York. Charles D. Cooper to Philip Schuyler , which relayed Hamilton's judgment that Burr was "a dangerous man, and one who ought not be trusted with the reins of government", and claiming to know of "a still more despicable opinion which General Hamilton has expressed of Mr.

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Hamilton replied that Burr should give specifics of Hamilton's remarks, not Cooper's. He said he could not answer regarding Cooper's interpretation. A few more letters followed, in which the exchange escalated to Burr's demanding that Hamilton recant or deny any statement disparaging Burr's honor over the past 15 years. Hamilton, having already been disgraced by the Maria Reynolds adultery scandal and mindful of his own reputation and honor, did not. According to historian Thomas Fleming, Burr would have immediately published such an apology, and Hamilton's remaining power in the New York Federalist party would have been diminished.

Dueling had been outlawed in New York; the sentence for conviction of dueling was death. It was illegal in New Jersey as well, but the consequences were less severe. On July 11, , the enemies met outside Weehawken, New Jersey , at the same spot where Hamilton's oldest son had died in a duel just three years prior. Both men fired, and Hamilton was mortally wounded by a shot just above the hip.

The observers disagreed on who fired first. They did agree that there was a three-to-four-second interval between the first and the second shot, raising difficult questions in evaluating the two camps' versions. Burr, Weir contends, most likely had no idea that the gun's trigger pressure could be reset. They note that "Hamilton brought the pistols, which had a larger barrel than regular dueling pistols, and a secret hair-trigger, and were therefore much more deadly," [51] and conclude that "Hamilton gave himself an unfair advantage in their duel, and got the worst of it anyway.

David O. Stewart , in his biography of Burr, American Emperor , notes that the reports of Hamilton's intentionally missing Burr with his shot began to be published in newspaper reports in papers friendly to Hamilton only in the days after his death. Additionally, Hamilton wrote a number of letters, including a Statement on Impending Duel With Aaron Burr [53] and his last missives to his wife dated before the duel, [54] which also attest to his intention. The two shots, witnesses reported, followed one another in close succession, and none of those witnesses could agree as to who fired first.

Prior to the duel proper, Hamilton took a good deal of time getting used to the feel and weight of the pistol which had been used in the duel at the same Weehawken site in which his year-old son had been killed , as well as putting on his glasses in order to see his opponent more clearly. The seconds placed Hamilton so that Burr would have the rising sun behind him, and during the brief duel, one witness reported, Hamilton seemed to be hindered by this placement as the sun was in his eyes. Each man took one shot, and Burr's shot fatally injured Hamilton, while Hamilton's shot missed.

Burr's bullet entered Hamilton's abdomen above his right hip , piercing Hamilton's liver and spine. Hamilton was evacuated to the Manhattan home of a friend, William Bayard Jr. Burr was charged with multiple crimes, including murder, in New York and New Jersey, but was never tried in either jurisdiction. He fled to South Carolina, where his daughter lived with her family, but soon returned to Philadelphia and then to Washington to complete his term as vice president. He avoided New York and New Jersey for a time, but all the charges against him were eventually dropped.

In the case of New Jersey, the indictment was thrown out on the basis that, although Hamilton was shot in New Jersey, he died in New York. After Burr left the Vice-Presidency at the end of his term in , he journeyed to the Western frontier, areas west of the Allegheny Mountains and down the Ohio River Valley eventually reaching the lands acquired in the Louisiana Purchase. Burr had leased 40, acres 16, ha of land—known as the Bastrop Tract—along the Ouachita River , in present-day Louisiana, from the Spanish government.

Starting in Pittsburgh and then proceeding to Beaver, Pennsylvania , and Wheeling, Virginia , and onward he drummed up support for his planned settlement, whose purpose and status were unclear. Others included Harman Blennerhassett , who offered the use of his private island for training and outfitting Burr's expedition.

Wilkinson would later prove to be a bad choice. Burr saw war with Spain as a distinct possibility. In case of a war declaration, Andrew Jackson stood ready to help Burr, who would be in position to immediately join in. Burr's expedition of about eighty men carried modest arms for hunting, and no war materiel was ever revealed, even when Blennerhassett Island was seized by Ohio militia. After a near-incident with Spanish forces at Natchitoches , Wilkinson decided he could best serve his conflicting interests by betraying Burr's plans to President Jefferson and to his Spanish paymasters.

Jefferson issued an order for Burr's arrest, declaring him a traitor before any indictment. Burr read this in a newspaper in the Territory of Orleans on January 10, Jefferson's warrant put Federal agents on his trail. Burr twice turned himself in to Federal authorities, and both times judges found his actions legal and released him.

Jefferson's warrant, however, followed Burr, who fled toward Spanish Florida. He was intercepted at Wakefield , in Mississippi Territory now in the state of Alabama , on February 19, He was confined to Fort Stoddert after being arrested on charges of treason. Burr's secret correspondence with Anthony Merry and the Marquis of Casa Yrujo , the British and Spanish ministers at Washington, was eventually revealed. He had tried to secure money and to conceal his true designs, which was to help Mexico overthrow Spanish power in the Southwest.

Burr intended to found a dynasty in what would have become former Mexican territory. Jefferson, however, sought the highest charges against Burr. In , Burr was brought to trial on a charge of treason before the United States Circuit court at Richmond, Virginia. The only physical evidence presented to the Grand Jury was Wilkinson's so-called letter from Burr, which proposed the idea of stealing land in the Louisiana Purchase. During the Jury's examination, the court discovered that the letter was written in Wilkinson's own handwriting.

He said he had made a copy because he had lost the original. The Grand Jury threw the letter out as evidence, and the news made a laughingstock of the general for the rest of the proceedings. Article 3, Section 3 of the United States Constitution requires that treason either be admitted in open court, or proven by an overt act witnessed by two people.

Since no two witnesses came forward, Burr was acquitted on September 1, in spite of the full force of the Jefferson administration's political influence thrown against him. Burr was immediately tried on a misdemeanor charge and was again acquitted. Given that Jefferson was using his influence as president in an effort to obtain a conviction, the trial was a major test of the Constitution and the concept of separation of powers. Jefferson challenged the authority of the Supreme Court, specifically Chief Justice Marshall, an Adams appointee who clashed with Jefferson over John Adams' last-minute judicial appointments.

Jefferson believed that Burr's treason was obvious. Burr sent a letter to Jefferson in which he stated that he could do Jefferson much harm. The case as tried was decided on whether Aaron Burr was present at certain events at certain times and in certain capacities. Thomas Jefferson used all of his influence to get Marshall to convict, but Marshall was not swayed. Stewart, on the other hand, insists that while Burr was not explicitly guilty of treason according to Marshall's definition, evidence exists that links him to treasonous crimes. For example, Bollman admitted to Jefferson during an interrogation that Burr planned to raise an army and invade Mexico.

He said that Burr believed that he should be Mexico's monarch, as a republican government was not right for the Mexican people. By the conclusion of his trial for treason, despite an acquittal, all of Burr's hopes for a political comeback had been dashed, and he fled America and his creditors for Europe. David Hosack , Hamilton's physician and a friend to both Hamilton and Burr, loaned Burr money for passage on a ship.

Burr lived in self-imposed exile from to , passing most of this period in England, where he occupied a house on Craven Street in London. He became a good friend, even confidant, of the English Utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham , and on occasion lived at Bentham's home. Ever hopeful, he solicited funding for renewing his plans for a conquest of Mexico, but was rebuffed. He was ordered out of England and Napoleon Bonaparte refused to receive him, [40] although one of his ministers held an interview concerning Burr's goals for Spanish Florida or the British possessions in the Caribbean.

After returning from Europe, Burr used the surname "Edwards", his mother's maiden name, for a while to avoid creditors. With help from old friends Samuel Swartwout and Matthew L. Davis, Burr returned to New York and his law practice. Later he helped the heirs of the Eden family in a financial lawsuit. By the early s, the remaining members of the Eden household, Eden's widow and two daughters, had become a surrogate family to Burr.

Despite financial setbacks, Burr lived out the remainder of his life in New York in relative peace, [65] until , when his second marriage failed after four months, soon followed by medical difficulties. On July 1, , at age 77, Burr married Eliza Jumel , a wealthy widow who was 19 years younger. They lived together briefly at her residence which she had acquired with her first husband, the Morris-Jumel Mansion in the Washington Heights neighborhood in Manhattan.

Soon after the marriage, she realized her fortune was dwindling due to Burr's land speculation losses. For her divorce lawyer, she chose Alexander Hamilton Jr. Burr suffered a debilitating stroke in , [71] which rendered him immobile.

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In , Burr died on Staten Island in the village of Port Richmond , in a boardinghouse that later became known as the St. James Hotel. In addition to his daughter Theodosia, Burr was the father of at least three other biological children, and he adopted two sons.

Theodosia Burr was born in , and was named after her mother. She was the only child of Burr's marriage to Theodosia Bartow Prevost who survived to adulthood. A second daughter, Sally, lived to the age of three. Burr was a devoted and attentive father to Theodosia. Theodosia became widely known for her education and accomplishments. In , she married Joseph Alston of South Carolina. During the winter of —, Theodosia was lost at sea with the schooner Patriot off the Carolinas, either murdered by pirates or shipwrecked in a storm. Upon Burr's marriage, he became stepfather to the two teenage sons of his wife's first marriage.

Burr served as a guardian to Nathalie de Lage de Volude from to during Theodosia's childhood. She was from an aristocratic family and had been taken to New York for safety during the French Revolution by her governess Caroline de Senat. Burr adopted two sons, Aaron Columbus Burr and Charles Burdett, during the s and s after the death of his daughter Theodosia.

Both of the boys were reputed to actually be Burr's biological sons. A Burr biographer described Aaron Columbus Burr as "the product of a Paris adventure", conceived presumably during Burr's exile from the United States between and In , the year before his death, Burr acknowledged two young daughters whom he had fathered late in his life, by different mothers. Burr made specific provisions for his surviving daughters in a will dated January 11, , in which he left "all the rest and residue" of his personal estate, after other specific bequests, to six year old Frances Ann born c.

Among some families of color that claim descent from Burr, there is an oral tradition that he fathered two illegitimate children with an East Indian woman who worked as a servant or governess in his household in Philadelphia during his first marriage. No source suggests that Burr acknowledged them as his children, in contrast to his adoption or acknowledgement of other children born later in his life. Aaron Burr was a man of complex character who made many friends, but also many powerful enemies.

He may be the most controversial of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was arrested and prosecuted for treason by President Jefferson, but acquitted. In his later years in New York, Burr provided money and education for several children, some of whom were reputed to be his own natural children. To his friends and family, and often to complete strangers, he could be kind and generous. The wife of the struggling poet Sumner Lincoln Fairfield recorded in her autobiography that in the late s, their friend Burr pawned his watch to provide for the care of the Fairfields' two children.

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The grandmother took the children to Burr's home and asked his help: "[Burr] wept, and replied, 'Though I am poor and have not a dollar, the children of such a mother shall not suffer while I have a watch. By Fairfield's account, Burr had lost his religious faith before that time; upon seeing a painting of Christ's suffering, Burr candidly told her, "It is a fable, my child; there never was such a being. Burr believed women to be intellectually equal to men, and hung a portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft over his mantel. The Burrs' daughter, Theodosia, was taught dance, music, several languages, and learned to shoot from horseback.

Until her death at sea in , she remained devoted to her father.


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Not only did Burr advocate education for women, upon his election to the New York State Legislature, he submitted a bill to allow women to vote. Conversely, Burr was considered a notorious womanizer. He described "sexual release as the only remedy for his restlessness and irritability". In as a New York state assemblyman, Burr unsuccessfully sought to abolish slavery immediately following the American Revolutionary War.

John Quincy Adams wrote in his diary when Burr died: "Burr's life, take it all together, was such as in any country of sound morals his friends would be desirous of burying in quiet oblivion. At an earlier time, he wrote, Burr "had served in the army, and came out of it with the character of a knight without fear and an able officer". Gordon S. Wood , a leading scholar of the revolutionary period, holds that it was Burr's character that put him at odds with the rest of the "founding fathers", especially Madison, Jefferson, and Hamilton.

He believed that this led to his personal and political defeats and, ultimately, to his place outside the golden circle of revered revolutionary figures. Because of Burr's habit of placing self-interest above the good of the whole, those men thought that Burr represented a serious threat to the ideals for which they had fought the revolution.

Their ideal, as particularly embodied in Washington and Jefferson, was that of "disinterested politics", a government led by educated gentlemen who would fulfill their duties in a spirit of public virtue and without regard to personal interests or pursuits. This was the core of an Enlightenment gentleman, and Burr's political enemies thought that he lacked that essential core.

Hamilton thought that Burr's self-serving nature made him unfit to hold office, especially the presidency. Although Hamilton considered Jefferson a political enemy, he believed him a man of public virtue. Hamilton conducted an unrelenting campaign in the House of Representatives to prevent Burr's election to the presidency and gain election of his erstwhile enemy, Jefferson.

Hamilton characterized Burr as greatly immoral, "unprincipled He predicted that if Burr gained power, his leadership would be for personal gain, but that Jefferson was committed to preserving the Constitution. Although Burr is often remembered primarily for his duel with Hamilton, his establishment of guides and rules for the first impeachment trial set a high bar for behavior and procedures in the Senate chamber, many of which are followed today.

A lasting consequence of Burr's role in the election of was the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution , which changed the way in which vice presidents were chosen. As was obvious from the election, the situation could easily arise where the vice president, as the defeated presidential candidate, could not work well with the president. The Twelfth Amendment required that electoral votes be cast separately for president and vice president.

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