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

Aaron Burr Quick Facts

February 6, 1756–September 14, 1836

Quick Facts About Aaron Burr

Born February 6, 1756, Newark New Jersey

Graduated from Princeton University in 1772

Served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution

Admitted to New York State bar in 1782

Elected to United States Senate in 1791

Tied Thomas Jefferson with 73 Electoral College votes in the presidential election of 1800

Electoral College chose Jefferson over Burr as U.S. President on February 17, 1801

Sworn in as U.S. Vice President on March 4, 1801

Killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel at Weehawken, New Jersey on July 11, 1804

Planned private military operations against Mexico from 1804 through 1806

Tried and acquitted for treason in 1807 for attempting to form a republic in the southwest

Died in Port Richmond, Staten Island, N.Y., September 14, 1836

Buried at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, N.J.

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  • Article Title Aaron Burr Quick Facts
  • 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
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  • Access Date March 29, 2020
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
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  • Date of Last Update August 27, 2019

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