Aaron Burr

3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr

Profession: 3rd Vice President of the United States

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Biography: Aaron Burr was an American politician who served as the Vice President of the United States (1801-1805). He is best known for his feud with Alexander Hamilton that ended in a pistol duel which Burr won, killing Hamilton.

Burr initially practiced law in New York City after serving as an officer in the American Revolutionary War. He then entered into politics, serving as Attorney General of New York (1789-1791) and as a member of the New York State Assembly (1784-1785). In 1791, Burr left behind state politics when he was elected as Senator for New York in which role he served until 1797.

Burr then entered into the 1800 presidential election, in which he tied with Thomas Jefferson in the electoral college. This was settled by the House of Representatives, with Jefferson assuming the presidency and Burr serving as his vice president.

Born: February 6, 1756
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: September 14, 1836 (aged 80)

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  • 1801-02-17 US House of Representatives breaks electoral college tie by electing Thomas Jefferson as President over Aaron Burr
  • 1804-07-11 Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel
  • 1804-07-12 Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies after being shot in a pistol duel the previous day by Vice President Aaron Burr
  • 1807-02-19 US Vice President Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later acquitted
  • 1807-05-22 Former US Vice President Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond, Virginia (acquitted)
  • 1807-09-01 Aaron Burr acquitted of charges of plotting to set up an empire
  • 1807-09-14 Aaron Burr acquitted of a misdemeanor charge

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