Dec. 08 (Sunday)

The Duelist
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 Aaron  Burr Jr.
Full Name: Aaron Burr Jr.
Born: Feb. 6, 1756 in Newark, New Jersey
Died: Sep. 14, 1836 in Port Richmond, New York

Aaron Burr served as a Continental Army officer in the Revolutionary War and became a successful lawyer and politician. He was elected twice to the New York State Assembly, was appointed New York State Attorney General and served as a U.S. Senator. The peak of his career was his election as the third U.S. Vice President, serving under Thomas Jefferson (1801-1805). He also established a reputation as the father of modern political campaigning.

Hardly a run of the mill dull politician, Burr was a burr in more than one man’s saddle. During the Revolution, he served on General George Washington’s staff but was transferred after antagonizing him. Burr later alienated Alexander Hamilton with some sleazy political shenanigans. He eventually killed Hamilton in a famous duel that ended his political career; though he was never tried for killing Hamilton, he never held office again.

The final nail in Burr’s political coffin was his arrest for treason in 1807, though he wasn’t convicted. (Burr wanted to help Mexico overthrow Spanish power in what was then the U.S. Southwest, and to then grab power, perhaps becoming Mexico’s monarch.)