Aaron Burr letter to RI Governor, 1801

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Aaron Burr letter to RI Governor, 1801


Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836


Image of the Aaron Burr (Vice President and President of the U.S. Senate) letter to the Governor of Rhode Island informing him of the resignation of Honorable Ray Greene of his Senate seat.

From the Biographical Directory of the United States Senate: Aaron Burr, (cousin of Theodore Dwight), a Senator from New York and a Vice President of the United States; born in Newark, N.J., February 6, 1756; graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1772; studied theology but soon abandoned it for the law; during the Revolutionary War entered the Continental Army 1775-1779; admitted to the bar in 1782 and practiced in Albany, N.Y.; moved to New York City in 1783; member, State assembly 1784-1785, 1798-1799; attorney general of New York 1789-1790; commissioner of Revolutionary claims in 1791; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1791, to March 3, 1797; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; president of the State constitutional convention in 1801; in the presidential election of 1800, Burr and Thomas Jefferson each had seventy-three votes, and the House of Representatives on the thirty-sixth ballot elected Jefferson President and Burr Vice President; challenged and mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a duel fought at Weehawken, N.J., July 11, 1804; indicted for murder in New York and New Jersey but never tried in either jurisdiction; escaped to South Carolina, then returned to Washington and completed his term of service as Vice President; arrested and tried for treason in August 1807 for attempting to form a republic in the Southwest of which he was to be the head, but was acquitted; went abroad in 1808; returned to New York City in 1812 and resumed the practice of law; died in Port Richmond, Staten Island, N.Y., September 14, 1836; interment in the President’s lot, Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, N.J.


Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836


C#00257 (Letters to the Governor)


Rhode ISland State Archives


1801 March 5


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Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836 , "Aaron Burr letter to RI Governor, 1801," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #839, http://sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/839 (accessed July 18, 2019).