Friday, July 11, 2008

On this day, Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton

According to Wikipedia, on July 11, 1804, U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. Both figures are ones that the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, didn't care for very much. Jefferson viewed Burr as reckless and Hamilton as a monarchist. For more on Jefferson's views, be sure to check out the public radio show "The Thomas Jefferson Hour."

The above photo is taken from a re-enactment of the duel by Douglas Hamilton and Antonio Burr, descendants of the Treasury Secretary and Vice President (I'm surprised they both inherited those last names after 200 years), in Weehawken, New Jersey, four years ago.

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