BURR: The Other Side Of The Story By: Sanat Shajan
Aaron Burr Jr. was born on the sixth of February, 1756, in Newark , New Jersey. He was born to Aaron Burr, Sr., and Esther Edwards Burr. Near the age of two, he became an orphan, and along with his sister, moved in with their uncle Timothy Edwards.
Even at a very young age, it was quite clear that Burr was no ordinary person. At the age of 13, he was admitted to the sophomore class at Princeton and graduated at the age of 16. He continued on to study theology and then moved into law.
The year 1775 came around and the Revolutionary war started. Burr is catapulted to fame for his bravery in the the March of Quebec. He worked as aids for both General Washington and Israel Putnam, and eventually becomes appointed Lieutenant-Colonel. He took part in several major events, such as the Battle of Long Island and the Winter at Valley Forge.
After leaving the military due to poor health, Aaron Burr went back into law and rose to the top. During this journey he finds himself in a rivalry with Federalist Alexander Hamilton. The two were constantly at each others throats. Two major examples were how Burr blamed Hamilton for his loss in the presidential election and Hamilton not forgiving Burr for defeating his father-in-law to become senator. The rivalry finally ended when Burr challenges Hamilton to a duel on July 11th, 1804, in Weehawken New Jersey. The two took ten paces each, shot, and Hamilton fell mortally wounded.
Burr has a massive downfall after this duel. Many people accused him of murder. He made plenty of useless attempts to regain power. His most ambitious one was to lead an assault on Mexico and to lead a secession of the western states . His later years were spent in Europe and then back in the Americas when he died on September 16th, 1836
All in all, Aaron Burr was a man filled with potential. He was a genius both in war and in politics, and fought for his beliefs. After the almost legendary duel between himself and Alexander Hamilton, his life falls into a decline. Aaron Burr is a man whose feats and accomplishments will forever remain crucial to history.