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.

Jefferson was in most respects a typical slaveholder. Although he always condemned slavery, he did own one of the largest slave populations in Virginia. Upon the division of his father-in-law’s estate in 1774 he became, in fact, the second-largest slaveholder in Albemarle County. Thereafter the number of his slaves remained around two hundred — with increases through births offset by periodic sales to pay off debts. Jefferson was known to be a good master, reluctant to break up families or to sell slaves except for delinquency or at their own request. Nevertheless, between 1784 and 1794 he disposed of 161 people by sale or gift. It is true that Jefferson was averse to separating young children from their parents; but once slave boys or girls reached the age of ten or twelve and their working lives began, they were no longer children in Jefferson’s mind.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)