Aaron Burr

Portrait attributed to Gilbert Stuart, c. 1793—94

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QUICK FACTS
BORN:
6 February 1756 in Newark, New Jersey
  DIED:
14 September 1836 in Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York
Buried in at the Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, New Jersey.

  • Grandson of Congregationalist preacher and theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703 - 58).
  • Prevents a duel between James Monroe and Alexander Hamilton, 1797.
  • Nearly becomes president in the deadlocked election of 1800.
  • Third Vice President of the U.S., 1801 - 05, serving under Thomas Jefferson.
  • Kills Alexander Hamilton in a duel, 1804.
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Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.

The issue of taxation had immense symbolic importance on both sides of the Atlantic. Like most of his fellow members of Parliament, [Lord Frederick] North regarded the right of Britain to tax America as integral to the absolute and indivisible supremacy of Parliament over America. The concept of parliamentary sovereignty was more than an abstract doctrine. It had emotional resonance as a constitutional victory won against the monarchy in the Glorious Revolution, following the deposition of James II in 1688. It was regarded as essential for the protection of liberty in general. For Britain, the right to tax the colonies was fundamental to its authority to govern America. At the same time, taxation united colonial opposition more than any other grievance.

Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy
The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire (2013)