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.

 

Washington was imperfect. In strictly military terms, he does not merit comparisons that have sometimes been made between him and generals like Marlborough, Frederick the Great, Napoleon, or Robert E. Lee. Yet he remains a remarkable man, one of those Tolstoyan figures whose acts determine the course of history. James Thomas Flexner has called him the indispensable man. Nobody — not Nathanael Green or Henry Knox, and certainly not Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, or John Adams — united the military, political, and personal skills that made Washington unique ... without George Washington there could have been no victory in the Revolutionary War, no United States. As a soldier he was erratic but competent. As a man he was impulsive, vindictive, brave, hardworking, intelligent, and virtuous. And as a leader he was great. Those who mourned Washington’s passing in 1799 were right to regard him, for all his flaws, as the savior of his country.

Edward G. Lengel
General George Washington: A Military Life (2005)