Aaron Burr, Jr. was the third Deputy President of the United States under President Thomas Jefferson. Aaron was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 6, 1756. His mother, Esther Edwards was the daughter of Jonathan Edwards, a famous Calvinist theologian. Aaron also had an aunt named Sarah who later married Tapping Reeve, founder of the Litchfield Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut. In 1957, Aaron’s father died. The following year his mother’s turn passed away along with the death of his grandfather and aunt. Orphaned little Aaron then moved to Philadelphia and lived with his uncle, Timothy Edwards.
At the age of thirteen, Aaron Burr was accepted into the College of New Jersey, Princeton where he later joined the American Whig Society and the Philosophical Society. Aaron received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1772, but two years later he switched paths and began studying law with his father-in-law Reeve. From childhood, Aaron had been considered one of the brightest students graduating from Princeton in the eighteenth century. Aaron studied theology for a while and then returned to study law. After the Revolutionary War, he practiced law in New York City as a member of the state of New York, attorney general of New York, and American senator. In the 1800 presidential election, he got the same number of votes as Thomas Jefferson, but he failed to become president because parliament supported Jefferson to become president while Aaron was appointed vice president.
In 1804, Aaron returned to the general election. This time he ran for governor of New York City. Unfortunately, in this election he was defeated by his political rival Alexander Hamilton. Not only defeated by Hamilton, Aaron is also called a traitor by Hamilton. This conflict was finally followed by a duel between Hamilton and Aaron. In this duel, Hamilton was shot in the stomach and finally died the next day. This duel is the most famous duel in history. When the news of Hamilton’s death spread outside the country, a roar of protest flooded Aaron. He is accused of being a murderer, a criminal, despite the fact that all the rules required in a duel have been observed. Aaron decided to leave Washington and go to Europe to find a better life. In 1807, Aaron was finally arrested on charges of treason but eventually he was released. He remained overseas until 1812, when he finally returned to the United States and to practice law in New York City. There he spent the rest of his long life. On September 14, 1836, Aaron died.
Full Name: Aaron Burr, Jr.
Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey
Date of Birth: Friday, February 6, 1756
Mother: Esther Edwards
Wife: Theodosia Bartow Prevost