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Aaron Burr

Aaron Burr

(February 6, 1756 - September 14, 1836)
Aaron Burr, Jr. was an important political figure in the early history of the United States of America.

After serving as a Continental Army officer in the Revolutionary War, Burr became a successful lawyer and politician. He was elected twice to the New York State Assembly (17841785, 17981799), was appointed New York State Attorney General (17891791), was chosen as a United States Senator (17911797) from the state of New York, and reached the apex of his career as third Vice President of the United States (18011805), under President Thomas Jefferson. Despite these accomplishments, Burr is chiefly remembered as the man who killed his rival Alexander Hamilton in the famous 1804 duel. Controversy dogged Burr throughout his lifetime, and his reputation among historians remains contested.

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