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Aaron BURR

American Aaron BURR

born Aaron, Jr. BURR

Third Vice President of the United States under President Thomas Jefferson

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on February 06, 1756 in Newark, New Jersey, USA
Died: on September 14, 1836 in Staten Island, New York, USA


Burr was born in Newark, New Jersey, to the Reverend Aaron Burr, Sr., who was a Presbyterian minister and the second president of the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University; his mother, Esther Edwards, was the daughter of Jonathan Edwards, the famous Calvinist theologian. The Burrs also had a daughter, Sarah, who married Tapping Reeve.

In 1772, he received his A.B. at Princeton University, but changed his career path two years later and began the study of law with Reeve at Litchfield, Connecticut. His studies were put on hold while he served during the American Revolutionary War, under Generals Benedict Arnold, George Washington (for two weeks), and Israel Putnam.

During the Revolutionary War, Burr took part in Colonel Benedict Arnold's expedition to Quebec, an arduous trek of over 300 miles through the wilderness of Maine. Upon arriving before the city of Quebec, Burr was sent up the Saint Lawrence River to reach General Richard Montgomery, who had taken Montreal, and escorted him to Quebec. Montgomery promoted Burr to captain and made him an aide-de-camp. Although Montgomery was killed while attempting to capture the city of Quebec during a fierce snow storm on December 31, 1775, Burr distinguished himself with brave actions against the British.

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