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Vice President Aaron Burr, Jr.

Vice President Aaron Burr, Jr.

Male 1756 - 1836  (80 years)

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  • Name Aaron Burr 
    Prefix Vice President 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 6 Feb 1756  Newark, Essex Co., NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Sep 1836  Port Richmond, Richmond Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Aft 14 Sep 1836  Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Mercer Co., NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • http://www.nassauchurch.org/cemetery/docs/aaron_burr_jr.htm

      Aaron Burr

      Aaron Burr entered Princeton University at the age of 13 and graduated in 1772. He started to study theology, but turned to law. He was a Captain in the Revolutionary War, and was promoted to Lt. Colonel after the battle of Lexington and Concord.

      He returned to law after the war and was admitted to the NY Bar in 1782. It was at this time his rivalry with Alexander Hamilton begun.

      In 1782 Burr married Theodosia Bartow Prevost, the widow of a British army officer who had died in the West Indies during the Revolutionary War. They had two daughters. While their younger daughter, Sarah, died at age three, their older daughter Theodosia Burr, born in 1783, became widely known for her beauty and accomplishments. She married Joseph Alston of South Carolina in 1801, and died either due to piracy or in a shipwreck off the Carolinas in the winter of 1812 or early 1813. Aaron Burr and his first wife were married for twelve years, until her death from cancer.

      He gained a seat in the NY Assembly in 1779, and was sent to the newly formed US Senate in 1791.

      In the Presidential election of 1800, he came in 2nd to Thomas Jefferson, and served as Vice President. The political rivalry between Hamilton and Burr reached its notorious conclusion when Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel on July 11, 1804 in Weehawken, NJ. Hamilton was mortally wounded and Burr escaped but eventually returned to Washington to finish out his term at Vice President.

      In August 1807, Burr was arrested and tried for treason, charged with trying to form a republic. He was acquitted and went abroad. He returned and practiced law in NY.

      In 1833, at age 77, Burr married again, this time to Eliza Bowen Jumel, the extremely wealthy widow of Stephen Jumel. When she realized her fortune was dwindling from her husband's land speculation, they separated after only four months. During the month of their first anniversary, she sued for divorce, citing infidelity, and it was granted on the day of his death. Those papers were served to Burr on his deathbed by Alexander Hamilton's elder son, whose father Burr had killed, an irony which was surely not lost on the younger Hamilton.

      Burr died  at Port Richmond, Staten Island on September 14, 1836.
    Person ID I79388  Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
    Last Modified 14 May 2012 

    Father Rev. Aaron Burr,   b. 4 Jan 1715/16, Fairfield, Fairfield Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1757, Princeton, Mercer Co., NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Mother Esther Edwards,   b. 13 Feb 1731/32, Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1758, Princeton, Mercer Co., NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years) 
    Married 29 Jun 1752  Newark, Essex Co., NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F11744  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Feb 1756 - Newark, Essex Co., NJ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Sep 1836 - Port Richmond, Richmond Co., NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 14 Sep 1836 - Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Mercer Co., NJ Link to Google Earth
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