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Burr Versus Hamilton Duel by Julia Bruce
The first issue between Burr and Hamilton occured when Burr beat Hamilton´s father-in-law in a Senate race. Hamilton didn´t like this, because if his father-in-law was appointed, he would have supported the Federalists.
The second fight occurred when Burr was running for president, and Hamilton´s maneuvering made Jefferson the new president.
Hamilton continued to disgrace Burr, complaining in letters, and campaigning hard enough to make Burr lose the office of New York Governor to Morgan Lewis.
Eventually, it got so bad Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel for honor, and Hamilton accepted to save his political career. They invited a handful of witnesses, including a doctor, and shot. Hamilton threw his shot, but Burr shot Hamilton in the chest.
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The shot was fatal, and Hamilton died the next day. Burr was not prosecuted, but his career was ruined. I believe this was a terrible idea on both sides. No duels should ever be fought for political honor.
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