Hamilton Burr Duel

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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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