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.

By attacking slavery more fiercely than ever before, Revolutionary Americans freed tens of thousands of slaves. But the Revolution’s libertarian and egalitarian message had perverse consequences. It forced those Southerners who chose to retain slavery to fall back on the alleged racial deficiencies of blacks as a justification for an institution that hitherto they had taken for granted and had never before needed to justify. The anti-slavery movement that arose out of the Revolution inadvertently produced racism in America.

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