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The Burr/Hamilton Duel By Owen Dirkes, Per. 2
In the year of 1804, bitter political rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met in a duel. The duel was a result of years of political battle between the two.
A duel?!? Has Burr gone mad? I guess I must accept so as not to ruin my reputation.
Hamilton viewed Burr as undisciplined and not worthy of political power, so Hamilton had ruined Burr's chances of re-nomination as Vice-President, and made sure Burr didn't win governor of New York. Burr eventually snapped and challenged his bitter rival to a duel.
So the duel took place in a remote setting in New Jersey. Each duelist had a second man to make sure the duel was honorable.
Burr had shot Hamilton through many vital organs and mortally wounded him. A day after the duel, Hamilton died and Burr was accused of murder. However, Burr was still Vice President so he was immune to prosecution. Eventually, Burr's murder charges were dropped.
I think the fact that two distinguished men dueled against each other is ridiculous. You could dislike someone and resent them for sabotaging you, but challenging them to a duel is barbaric. Burr could've tried to sabotage Hamilton or could've tried to work things out with Hamilton. Instead they believed the best decision was to try kill the other.
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