Aaron Burr (Dictionary of World Biography: The 19th Century)
Article abstract: Burr developed the political organization which assured the presidential victory of Thomas Jefferson and was the force behind the liberalization of New York’s penal codes and political process.
Aaron Burr was born February 6, 1756, in Newark, New Jersey. His mother, Esther Edwards Burr, was the daughter of the Reverend Mr. Jonathan and Sarah Edwards; his father, the Reverend Mr. Aaron Burr, was pastor of the Newark Presbyterian Congregation and president of the College of New Jersey, which, within the year, moved to Princeton. When Burr was nineteen months old, his father died. Within the year, his mother and grandparents died as well, leaving Burr and his older sister Sarah wards of their twenty-year-old uncle, Timothy Edwards.
After graduation from Princeton at age seventeen, Burr completed his study for the ministry but decided to become a lawyer. His preparations were interrupted by the Revolution. After serving with distinction at the battles of Quebec, New York, and Monmouth and commanding American forces in Westchester, Colonel Burr’s health forced him to resign (he was about five feet, two inches in height, thin, and always looked frail), and he returned to the study of law.
In 1782, he was admitted to the New York Bar and then was married to Theodosia Bartow Prevost, ten years his senior and the widow of a British army officer. The Burrs moved to New York...
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