July 11th 1804: Burr-Hamilton duel

On this day in 1804, Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr and former Secretary of the Treasury and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton had a duel. The duel took place at Weehawken in New Jersey, and saw Burr fatally shoot Hamilton. Hamilton died the next day. Burr was acquitted of murder but the incident ended his political career and President Jefferson dropped him from the 1804 election ticket. The duel was a culmination of years of political and personal disputes between the two men.

07/11/12 at 8:51am
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    The Burr-Hamilton duel was what first made me interested in American history. I still have a soft spot for it because...
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