Portrait of Aaron Burr.
Portrait of Aaron Burr by John Vanderlyn.

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February 6, 1756–September 14, 1836

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Who Served Here? Aaron Burr

Burr began his military service as a volunteer around 1775. He served as a volunteer during Benedict Arnold's "March to Quebec" [September 13 — November 9, 1775]. He is actually credited with trying to evacuate the body of General Richard Montgomery after he was killed in action during the invasion. He joined the staff of George Washington in 1776 when he was sent to New York City. He and General Washington apparently did not get along and he left a few weeks later. On June 22 he became an aide-de-camp to General Putnam eventually seeing action in the Battle of Long Island and the evacuation of New York City. He was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of Malcolm's Regiment on January 4, 1777. He was stationed at Orange County, New York, essentially the commander of the Regiment at the age of 21!

Aaron Burr (1756 - 1836)

In the presidential election of 1800, Burr and Thomas Jefferson each had seventy-three votes, and the House of Representatives on the thirty-sixth ballot elected Jefferson President and Burr Vice President

Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis

Read the memoirs of Aaron Burr online for free at Project Gutenberg.

Aaron Burr's Obituary

Col. Aaron Burr, died at Staten Island, on Tuesday afternoon the 13th inst. in the 81st year of his age. Few men in this country have excited more of the public attention than the deceased, in despite of the dark cloud which shrouded his once fair fame; for all admired the bravery and talents which rendered him such an important auxiliary in the early struggles of our country and lamented that they were perverted by unhallowed ambition.

Aaron Burr Jr. (1756-1836)

Burr studied theology for a while and then law. After the Revolutionary War, in which he served with distinction as a field officer, he took up the practice of law in New York City and entered politics, serving as a member of the New York state assembly, attorney general of New York, and United States senator. In the presidential election of 1800, he received the same number of electoral votes as Thomas Jefferson, but the tie was broken in the House of Representatives in Jefferson's favor, and Burr became vice-president.

An Aaron Burr Chronology

A chronology of the life of Aaron Burr.

Aaron Burr Biography

In 1806 his plot to gain power in western territories was uncovered. About a year before the duel with Hamilton, Burr had begun to plan to create an independent nation. Burr planned to do so either by invading and taking over Spanish territory near the area that would later become Florida or by separating the Mississippi Valley from the rest of America. Burr met with several political and military leaders in order to win support. He even tried to get funding from England, but failed and turned to private sources.

Did Aaron Burr Really Try to Take Over Half of America?

Two hundred years ago Aaron Burr was taken east to Virginia in a cage (he had repeatedly tried to escape—sure evidence of either his guilt or his resistance to wrongful arrest, depending on which side you take). His trial in Richmond pitted a former Vice President against the President. It was presided over by the chief justice, John Marshall (a friend of Burr’s), involved four past, present, and future U.S. attorneys general in various roles, and was attended by prominent spectators from Andrew Jackson to Washington Irving.

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  • Article Title Aaron Burr External Links
  • Coverage February 6, 1756–September 14, 1836
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  • Keywords aaron burr, vice president, senator, revolutionary war officer, duel with alexander hamilton, senator
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date November 29, 2021
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