Aaron Burr Papers

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Identifier: A0210

Title: Aaron Burr Papers, 1776-1825


Aaron Burr was born February 6, 1756, in Newark, New Jersey. His father was the first president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), where Burr studied law and theology. He volunteered for the Quebec expedition in 1775, resigned from the army due to illness in 1779, and in 1782 began to practice law in New York. Burr became vice president under Thomas Jefferson in 1800. Differences with Jefferson hurt his political future as did his duel with Alexander Hamilton July 11, 1804. In the summer of 1806 he led an expedition down the Mississippi River. Harman Blennerhassett and General James Wilkinson, governor of the Louisiana Territory, were part of an alleged conspiracy to create a new nation out of Spanish colonies. Wilkinson turned in his co-conspirators and Burr was indicted for treason in 1807. After his acquittal, Burr lived in Europe from 1808 until 1812. In May 1812 he returned to the United States and resurrected his law practice in New York. He died September 14, 1836.

Collection contains papers regarding Burr's law practice in New York and papers relating to the Burr conspiracy and the Burr-Hamilton duel.

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2 boxes

Cite as: Aaron Burr Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Item: Documentary Artifacts



Dates: 1776 to 1825


Maker/Creator: Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836

Subjects: Treason
United States--Politics and government
Burr Conspiracy, 1805-1807


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