am a high school student named Andrea Rodgers at Poly High School in
Southern California. I'm writing a paper about Aaron Burr for a
national history project known as History Day. I found this email address on the
ABA Website. I had difficulty finding information about Burr that is not
negatively biased, I was hoping you might be able to answer some questions that
I would very muclike to hear the other side of. I was also wondering if ordering
"The Chronicle" or joining
ABA would be useful to me in my research. Also, I was wondering if you had any
recommendations for me in obtaining information or other interviews. Any time
you can spare me I would greatly appreciate. My ten questions are below.
Some argue Burr's actions in
ending Jefferson's attempt to control the
judicial branch had a permanent effect, while others note if Burr had not done
this, fear of tyrants would have caused others to stop the blending of the
branches later on. How do you respond to this?
It was permanent,
lasting to this day. Fear of tyrants or dictators does not allow the masses to
overturn them. Look at Africa or the Mideast today, run by religious zealots.
Iraqis could not dispose of Saddam Hussein until we helped. Jefferson sought
more presidential power as soon as he stole the Presidency from Burr by having
his agent make a deal with the Delaware representative to change his vote in
exchange for certain Port Appointments, etc. (This is similar to Gov. Rod
Blagojevich's secret dealings to decide an important political seat.) Jefferson
feared Burr, and was only cordial to him when he needed Burr's help to control
the Judiciary. Burr of course did the right thing, and thwarted TJ's coup.
It is widely admitted that Burr
was among one of the first feminists in the United
States. Is it possible that this being
not commonly accepted had an effect on Burr being disliked by the society at
Yes. Young women
were denied education, and treated as inferior. Burr married a woman 10 yrs
older for her intellect, and they encouraged their daughter to exceed. Hamilton
had an affair with a 23 year old girl, while telling his wife with his 5
children not to travel to Philadelphia without first telling him. Hamilton used
the newspapers to attack Burr. Burr was loved by society at large until his
political problems with TJ and AH.
Looking objectively at Burr's
actions it seems that he spoke openly of his opinions, and persons of the era
seemed to have adverse reactions to his personality as a result. Would you
are supported by some and opposed by others. Reagan and Clinton are good
examples. In the early newspaper days, slander was in its written infancy.
Burr's legal suit to correct lies was infeasible. Burr's opponents were the
plantation owners who propped up Jefferson and then Madison and Monroe. Burr's
advocacy for the common man and woman met resistance from slave owners and
Hamilton's controlling aristocrats.
What is your opinion of the fact
that Burr shot Hamilton
while Hamilton claimed to have made previously the decision to waste his
Please read on
this web site about Hamilton's brother John Church who owned the trick pistols.
Hamilton knew that if he survived, he would burn his intent letters. If he died,
he knew they would be published. That wasted round a few feet over Burr's head
before Burr could fire was a miss, not a gallant gesture from such a despicable
(If I seem to be
harsh on AH, please recall that it is his economic system copied from England
that has allowed today's fiscal mess by the too powerful Federalists.)
Some argue that it was widely
known that Jefferson
had truly "won" the election by popular opinion even when he was still
technically tied with Burr in the election and that not stepping down makes
Burr "conceited" or "selfish." How would you refute this argument?
Please read Yale
Professor Joanne Freeman's Affairs of Honor to see how Jefferson bribed
James Bayard. Popular opinion backed war hero Burr over TJ who never fought.
And Burr's father from Princeton, and grandfather Jonathan Edwards made him
6. George Morgan claimed to be friends with
Burr, and they were clearly friendly enough that Burr felt comfortable talking
about his plans (even vaguely) that had caused him to be in the west while
having dinner there. What, under these circumstances could have caused Morgan to
testify against Burr in the case of The U.S. v. Burr if Burr was not
guilty in this respect?
At that dinner, it was clear Morgan's own sons wanted to leave Pittsburgh and join Burr out west.
Some parents are jealous, and like their offspring to not move away.
Some argue that Jefferson
caused the majority of Burr's unpopularity in the U.S., while others argue
was receiving copious complaints against Burr even before Jefferson announced
that he was a traitor. How would you respond?
Jefferson was for
slavery, and slave owners needed to sell slave babies for big profit. The new
market was out west. Burr purchased the Bastrop land in Louisiana, and it was
known that slaves could live free there because it was set for small farms, not
cotton. Plantation owners "freaked out." Instead of an underground railroad
having to stretch all the way north, runaway slaves could simply go to Bastrop for freedom. The head of the army Wilkinson betrayed Burr by trying
to turn him over to the more powerful TJ. Burr escaped Wilkinson, but was
trapped in Alabama. Sensational stories meant to sell newspapers are also to blame. TJ
made a fool of himself at the trial where Burr won.
During his time traveling Europe after
his major controversies, Burr is known to have remarked: "In the past even I
was afraid of my own greatness, therefore I could not stand in front of
mirrors." How do you interpret this quote?
I'm not familiar
with this quote. Its sounds like something out of the romance novels that
portray Burr as David Niven did in Magnificent Doll. In the 1790's he
was great, and was reduced to poverty while in Europe. We cannot imagine such
contrast today, when even the poorest Americans do not go hungry. Remember that
several wealthy Revolutionary War financiers ended up in debtor's prison for
failing to pay bills. (Not Burr) Compare this to Mr. Madoff residing in his 7
million dollar apartment this morning.
John Adams was known to have
spoken ardently of Burr, especially in terms of his service in the
Revolutionary War. However, John Quincy Adams went as far as to say of him:
"Burr's life, take it all together, was such as in any country of sound morals
his friends would be desirous of burying in quiet oblivion." What do you think
Adams Sr. knew Burr in his prime.
Quincy played to the politics after Burr lost popularity. As a widower, Burr
did date in the 1820's etc. and was a target for "moral indignation." By
Theodosia loosing his letters on the Patriot, Burr legacy was left to Matthew
Davis who over edited with the fireplace and his opinions.
Burr's reputation was ruined after the Duel,
because no one knew about the hair trigger advantage Hamilton had until 1976.
Some argue that Burr returning
from Europe and not attempting to resume his
political career was out of guilt and shame, while others argue that was
merely out of acceptence that he had become unpopular in the public eye and
there was nothing he could do about this. What would you argue?
When Burr lost
Theodosia at sea, he was wiped out and severely depressed. While Burr was VP,
Jefferson purposely made no Federal appointments for Burrs supporters who felt
betrayed for their campaign loyalty. (It was a miracle he even competed for the
governorship against Morgan Lewis in 1804.) Being in Europe, and unable to
return until Dolly Madison pulled strings caused Burr to be out of touch. He
did not want to compete against the ruthless DeWitt Clinton. He needed money
and reestablished his good law practice instead.
Happy Holidays, Sincerely,
P.S. If you're reading this, I take it you've answered my questions. So, thank
Thank you Andy. Please try to read Nancy Isenberg's book for more information,
and call Stuart Johnson for more info on the ABA. Pete
Following is a bit of trivia concerning the Burr-Hamilton duel. It comes from
Wikipedia’s description of the history of the Got Milk? advertising campaign
first Got Milk? advertisement, in October 1993, featured a hapless history buff
(played by Sean Whalen) who receives a call to answer a radio station's $10,000
trivia question (voiced by Rob Paulsen), "Who shot Alexander Hamilton in that
famous duel?" The man's apartment is shown to be a private museum to the duel,
packed with artifacts. He answers the question correctly, but because his mouth
is full of peanut butter and he has no milk to wash it down, his answer is
unintelligible. The ad, directed by Hollywood director Michael Bay, was at the
top of the advertising industry's award circuit in 1994. In 2002, the ad was
named one of the ten best commercials of all time by a USA Today poll, and was
run again nationwide that same year. It has since been featured in numerous
books on advertising and is being used in case studies at top-flight programs
around the country.
History News Network 10/20/08
Why Burr's Treason Trial Is Relevant Today
By Peter Charles Hoffer
Mr. Hoffer is Distinguished Research Professor, Department of
History, University of Georgia. He is the author of The Treason Trials of Aaron
Burr (paperback, 2008).
In the next year, the public opinion will have occasion to revisit President
George W. Bush’s attempts to ferret out and punish suspected terrorists. The
president made it clear, before any trials at law occurred, that he thought the
detainees were guilty. Some of the initiatives taken by his appointees, for
example Department of Justice in-house rulings on the use of torture, have
already been exposed to the public criticism. The prison camp at Guantanamo may
or may not be disbanded, depending on who wins the presidential election this
November. While much of the present controversy stems from 9/11, the basic
questions of the relationship between the presidency and the High Court, and
presidential pre-judgment of suspected threats to national security, has a
precedent in the first years of our Republic. Before and during the treason
trials of Aaron Burr, President Thomas Jefferson adopted a stance strikingly
similar to that of President Bush.....
and the VP [Amy Holmes] Friday, October 03, 2008
Is the VP of the Senate? Well, he has offices right off the Senate
floor. Golly, even I got to check out Cheney's not-so-secret lair in the
Capitol Building when I worked there for the Senate Majority Leader — and I
was a just a lowly staffer. Surely Biden, in his three decades in the
Senate, has ducked in once or twice. It's really nice and spacious.
The vice president has a staff and offices in the Everett M. Dirksen Senate
near the Capitol, to assist with legislative matters, as well as a
personal office near the Senate lobby.
The cornerstone of the first Senate Office Building was
laid without fanfare on July 31, 1906, and the building admitted its
first occupants on March 5, 1909... The vice president also occupied a small
suite of rooms.
While tradition dictates that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
administers the oath of office to the President-elect, a variety of
officials have administered the oath to Vice Presidents. The president pro
tempore of the Senate administered the oath to the first three Vice
Presidents—John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Aaron Burr—and to many Vice
Presidents from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century.
Until 1937, most Vice Presidents took the oath of office in the Senate
chamber, prior to the President's swearing-in ceremony. This made the Vice
President's swearing-in ceremony distinct and separate from the President's.
Not much news fit to upload in September.
We are often asked about Aaron Burr's farewell speech
to the Senate.
The best account of it was John Quincy Adams's account
Reviving New Jersey’s Oldest English-Speaking Church
By KEVIN COYNE
Published: August 14, 2008
PART of the new steeple for the old church dangled from a tall crane, 21
tons rising slowly above the shady green oasis at the heart of the city,
halfway between where it had been and where it was going — a position familiar
to the minister who did so much to get it here.
Let’s hope it fits,” said the Rev. Charles Brackbill as he watched the white
clock section of the steeple lifted toward the brick bell tower. Old First
Presbyterian Church was about to look again the way it did when
Alexander Hamilton and
Aaron Burr — who both spent time here — were still around....
When you click on Aaron Burr above, here's how the
NYTimes describes him. This should be corrected.
We are pleased to announce that our third grandchild (and third grandson)
Sean Campbell Burr was born on Thursday, July 31, coming in at 8 lbs., 13 oz.,
and 22" in length. Mom Vincie and dad Andy are doing fine. Wife Dale and I are
worn out from watching Tyler (4) and Noah (2) for a couple of days.
Frank and Dale Burr
Senior-housing application rejected
Board feels plan threatens character of Princeton neighborhood
....While supporters cited a growing need for senior housing in the Princeton
area, opponents felt the large building would ruin the character and charm of
the small residential neighborhood, where many of the houses were built during
the early 20th, and even 19th, centuries. The proposed structure would also sit
across the street from the historic Princeton Cemetery, home to the graves of
historical figures such as Aaron Burr and Grover Cleveland. ....
The stone to the far right marks the
grave of Aaron Burr's sister Sally Burr Reeve.
The white stone is for her husband
Tapping Reeve, who tutored Aaron and Sally at Princeton.
The horizontal tomb to the left
contains the remains of Oliver Wolcott Jr. who replaced Hamilton as Washington's
Oliver Jr. was at William Bayard's
house July 11/12, 1804 as Hamilton lay mortally wounded.
Next to Oliver Jr's. resting place is
the tomb of his father who signed the Declaration of Independence.
A new item of interest concerning Aaron and Sally and Tapping's time in
Litchfield is that the Congregational Church's minister was Robert Edwards,
grandson of Jonathan Edwards and thus their cousin. Time of his tenure and any
family connection is to be reported.
Two Really Special People and a Host of Others
Greene County Daily World - Linton,In,USA
Oddly, one of these children, William Van Ness, was a close friend of Aaron
Burr, and it was William (at a much later date) who carried Burr's challenge
And the Fourth of July weekend is a propitious time to give thanks for such
distractions, for Colonial authorities had refused to grant divorces in
New York for nearly a century before the Revolution.
In 1787, a socially prominent gentleman named
Isaac Governeur petitioned the fledgling
New York State Legislature for a divorce from his wife, who had committed
numerous adulteries, which she ascribed to reading too many romance novels.
The matter was referred to a committee headed by
Alexander Hamilton, who happened to have been born out of wedlock in the
Indies. His mother had been married to another man before meeting his father
and had at one point been jailed for "adulterous whoring with everyone." The law
had barred her from remarrying, even if his father had so desired.
Hamilton's committee decreed that divorces would be granted by the newly
established courts, but solely on the grounds of adultery. Hamilton then
arranged to represent Governeur, making himself not only the author of New
York's first divorce law but its first divorce lawyer as well.
As is taught in every school, Hamilton was subsequently killed in a duel with
Burr. What is not taught is that Hamilton achieved a posthumous revenge when
Burr was sued for divorce at the age of 79 for "committing adultery at divers
[diverse] times with divers females."
The chief witness was a servant,
Maria Johnson, who had came upon Burr in the throes of passion with a woman
decidedly not his wife. Johnson was particularly repulsed because, in her words,
"He was a very old man." The divorce was granted on the very day Burr died at
Staten Island home. ....
No mention of the 23 year old Maria Reynolds?
7/3/08 Treason Trial for those who wish to learn English.
Did you know Jefferson told Burr there would be no war
with Spain, but Burr proceeded anyway?
So says this author, who needs to do better research, before teaching immigrants
Hoffer, Peter Charles. The Treason Trials of Aaron Burr.
Univ. Pr. of Kansas. (Landmark Law Cases & American Society). Aug. 2008. c.224p.
index. ISBN 978-0-7006-1591-9. $35; pap. ISBN 978-0-7006-1592-6. $16.95. HIST Verdict: Largely favorable to Burr, Hoffer’s book is well
researched and an accessibly written account. Recommended for
early American and legal history collections in large public and all academic
libraries. Background: Most people know Aaron Burr as the scoundrel who
killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Hoffer (history, Univ. of Georgia;
The Supreme Court: An Essential History) examines another notorious—and
historically significant—portion of this man’s long and complex life, his 1807
trial for treason. Hoffer devotes most of his efficiently written book to
setting the stage for his titular focus, summarizing the work of other scholars
as he does so. He provides a brief biography of Burr, a history of the law of
treason and its enforcement in the Anglo-American tradition, and a perhaps
unavoidably fuzzy history of Burr’s exploits in the West. No one to this day is
100 percent clear on Burr’s actual intentions in his adventures that provoked
his trial and that of his compatriots Erick Bollman and Samuel Swartwout. The
last quarter of the book hones in on the landmark case of U.S. v. Burr,
considered one of the most important in U.S. history as it tested (and
confirmed) the neutrality of the judicial branch in a highly politicized
circumstance. The book ends with the author’s own best guess as to what Burr’s
intentions were in his ventures to the West.—Robert Flatley, Kutztown Univ., PA
We've noticed that customers who have purchased or rated
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In the early morning hours of July 11, 1804, two men stood facing each other
on a New Jersey cliff side. One was the U.S. vice president, Aaron Burr, and
the other was Alexander Hamilton, the secretary of the treasury. They were
ready to fight to the death for honor.
These Founding Fathers, once friends and colleagues, had become the
bitterest of enemies. After years of escalating tension, Burr had finally
challenged Hamilton to a duel. In the end, only one man survived, but their
infamous rivalry lives on.
From the Gothamist,
June 8, 2008
Moving This Old House (Hamilton Grange)
Every New Yorker realizes that 'moving day' can be a pain in the butt, so
you'd think only two moves in over two centuries might not be that big of a
deal. It is when one is moving the entire house for the second time.
Hamilton Grange was the country home of Alexander Hamilton, who only got to
live there a short time before that scurrilous character Aaron Burr shot him
in a duel.
The country manse was originally situated just south of what is
now 143rd St. in Manhattan, before it was moved a block south in 1899, into
what is now a cramped lot, crowded by a church and another building. That
was supposed to be a temporary relocation.
This weekend, preservationists and a group of very skilled engineers
transported the home another block south and a block east to St. Nicholas
Park. The building was also re-oriented, because it's original southwestern
orientation would have left the front of the building facing into a cliff in
scurrilousadj.1. grossly or
obscenely abusive. 2. coarsely jocular or derisive.
(I don't think so.)
I'm just alerting you to the fact that there's a very interesting article in the
April 2008 issue of THE WILLIAM & MARY QUARTERLY, "'A Very Convenient
Instrument': The Manhattan Company, Aaron Burr, and the Election of 1800" by
Brian Phillips Murphy, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia. The
article is favorable to Burr & I recommend it to our members. It's not
available on-line unless you are a subscriber, but most good libraries should
have it, or it could always be ordered through inter-library loan.
Suzanne G. Bowles, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
William Paterson University
Wayne, NJ 07470
email: BowlesS@wpunj.edu 5/20/08
CNN updated 9:07 a.m. EDT, Fri May 9, 2008
A celebration of almost-great men
Chester Arthur maintained lucrative employment as the collector for port
Andrew Johnson took his 1865 vice-presidential oath drunk and
belligerent as hell
Aaron Burr tried to conspire with Napoleon to conquer Florida, but
Both Aaron Burr and John Breckenridge were charged with treason
5. Aaron Burr: Thomas Jefferson's V.P.
No story on vice presidents would be complete without Aaron Burr -- best
known for shooting and killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804. After the
incident, Burr went back to presiding over the Senate. From there, he plotted a
treasonous conspiracy to become emperor of the western United States and Mexico.
The plan could have worked, but one of Burr's co-conspirators ratted him out.
He was tried in 1807 before the Supreme Court, which found him not guilty,
mainly because he hadn't actually committed the treason yet. A free man, Burr
turned his sights on Florida. He went to France and tried to convince Napoleon
Bonaparte to help him conquer the swampland, but that plan foundered, too.
Although his political high jinks often failed, Burr consistently found
success with the ladies. After his wife died in 1794, Burr remained a bachelor
for 40 years, making the acquaintance of several eligible socialites. He enjoyed
flirtations with Philadelphia debutantes, as well as a widow named Dolley Payne
Todd -- later known as Dolley Madison, wife of James Madison.
At age 76, Burr married a wealthy widow of ill-repute and plundered her
fortune. Citing numerous infidelities on his part, she filed for divorce and was
actually granted it. Unfortunately for her, it came through on the day Burr
The 3/18 reenactment of the arrest of Aaron Burr in Alabama did
Several ABA members attended. Here are
some photos posted 4/12:
John Jackson and Nick Warren from Baldwin County Historical
ABA Member Judge Brian Hardison; Henry Skinner, dressed as a
soldier pursuing Burr, shaking hands with ABA President General Stuart Johnson.
(Henry Skinner is a descendent of General James Wilkinson)
ABA Member Alan Clark, M.D. and his friend Susan, a professor of
-all at Bicentennial Park with camp and re-enactors in the
Re-enactor Eli with beard killed a poisonous Brown Recluse spider
hours before the event.
Thanks to all, including Cindy Hardison and Helena Lawrence who
The Aaron Burr association appreciates all historic events that
shed light on activities of Aaron Burr.
Read an Excerpt of Cokie Roberts' New Book
'Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation'
April 9, 2008
ABC News political correspondent and best-selling author Cokie Roberts
continues the story of early America's influential women that she began in
"Founding Mothers" (2004). In her new book. "Ladies of Liberty," she draws
on personal correspondence, private journals and many previously unpublished
primary sources to capture the lives of extraordinary women, including
Abigail Adams, Martha Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Elizabeth Monroe, Eliza
Hamilton, Theodosia Burr, Louisa Livingston, Rosalie Calvert, Rebecca Gratz,
Louise Catherien Adams, Margaret Bayard Smith, Sacajawea and others.
from wikipedia. 4/4/08
Others have attributed Hamilton's apparent misfire to the hair-triggered design
of the Wogdon duelling pistols, both of which survive today. Only Hamilton,
familiar with the weapons, would have known about and been able to use the
hair-trigger. However, when asked by Pendleton before the duel if he would have
the "hair-spring" pistol, Hamilton reportedly replied "not this time." The
"hair-spring" pistol provided an advantage because it took less time to fire,
being more sensitive to the movement of the trigger finger.
The pistols belonged to Hamilton's brother-in-law, John Barker Church, who was a
business partner of both Hamilton and Burr. He purchased the pistols in London
in 1797. They had previously been used in a 1799 duel between Church and Burr,
in which neither man was injured. In 1801, Hamilton's son, Philip, used them in
the duel in which he died. In 1930 the pistols were sold to the Chase Manhattan
Bank, now preserved by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The guns are on display in the
Executive Conference center of 277 Park Avenue in Manhattan.
For the United States Bicentennial anniversary in 1976, Chase Manhattan allowed
the pistols to be removed and loaned to the U.S. Bicentennial Society of
Richmond. When the original pistol was examined, the concealed hair trigger was
Thank you Nick! We'll be posting Stuart's
all enjoying the John Adams mini series? Did any of you audition and
become actors after the notice on this ABA web site? The first two
episodes were quite good. But they should have added to the scene when
John Adams met George Washington in Boston in 1775. The two horse riders
were destined to be the first two presidents of our country. How great if
they had noted that the 19 year old in the tent next to them would get more
presidential votes than incumbent Adams in 1800.
3/18 Regarding the bank that Aaron Burr
The Defense Department has the Pentagon. Now, JPMorgan Chase
can claim the “Octagon” as its own.
Part of the banking giant’s $236 million purchase of Bear Stearns
is the acquisition of its eight-sided, 43-story headquarters on Madison Avenue,
footsteps away from JPMorgan’s headquarters on Park Avenue. In fact, James Dimon,
JPMorgan’s chairman and chief executive, could probably look out his window and
see his newest trophy..
JPMorgan’s midtown Manhattan offices, which comprise a large portion of its
270 Park Ave.: The former Union
Carbide Building is now JPMorgan’s global headquarters, where Mr. Dimon’s office
resides on the eighth floor. (Here’s a tidbit of historical trivia: ensconced in
a glass case on that floor are the dueling pistols used by Alexander Hamilton
and Aaron Burr in 1804. Mr. Burr founded the Manhattan Bank, a predecessor of
the modern JPMorgan.)
Two centuries ago, one of the stranger episodes in U.S. history came to an
end in the wilds of southwest Alabama when a disguised fugitive -- former Vice
President Aaron Burr -- was captured while trying to flee the country.
Those events will be reenacted and commemorated March 15 as part of Baldwin
County's upcoming bicentennial.
Burr was taken into custody Feb. 20, 1807, on the road to the community of
New Wakefield in what is now Washington County. On March 6, he was transferred
by boat to Boatyard Lake in present-day Baldwin County. There, he was turned
over to Capt. Nicholas Perkins of Tennessee and the men who would escort him to
Richmond, Va., to stand trial on federal charges of treason.
The reenactment of his arrest will be one of the first celebrations of the
Baldwin bicentennial, according to Nick Warren, director of special projects for
the county Archives agency.
Baldwin County was established by the Mississippi Territorial Legislature in
December 1809. Only two of Alabama's 67 counties -- Washington and Madison --
Generally, if modern Americans do recognize Burr's name, Warren said, it is
as the man who fatally shot former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a
New Jersey duel.
"Actually, he (Burr) was a major figure in history, a Revolutionary War hero,
vice president and all these controversial things that he had going on," Warren
Burr was traveling down the Mississippi River with a contingent of 60 armed
recruits in 1806. He appeared to want to start a Texas rebellion that would push
the Spanish out of that territory and then out of Mexico, according to Albert
Pickett's 19th century "History of Alabama."
Gen. James Wilkinson, governor of the Louisiana Territory, who was suspected
of cooperating with Burr in the Texas scheme, sent word to President Thomas
Jefferson that Burr also planned to seize areas of the present-day southern U.S.
Jefferson, under whom Burr had served as vice president from 1801 to 1805,
ordered Burr's arrest.
On Jan. 10, 1807, Burr learned of the arrest order in Natchez, Miss., when he
read a newspaper story. He surrendered to local officials, but jumped bail and
fled toward Spanish Florida, which then included Mobile and Pensacola, according
Warren said modern historians do not know Burr's precise plans or goals. He
said Wilkinson, the chief witness against Burr, had a reputation for telling
whatever story best suited his interests at the moment.
Later, Wilkinson captured Mobile from the Spanish in 1813.
Burr was tried in August 1807 and found innocent after U.S. Supreme Court
Chief Justice John Marshall ruled that a treason charge must have at least two
witnesses to be proven.
Burr then spent several years in Europe. He returned to the United States in
1812 and took up his law practice. He died in 1836 at the age of 80.
During the local events March 15, portions of the Burr story will be told by
reenactors, some of whom will portray the recruits in "Burr's army."
"We don't know a lot about them," Warren said. "Many were probably former
soldiers. They probably were a group of freebooters and all different kinds of
B. Aaron Burr Living History: Authorize a living history depicting the
actions of Aaron Burr near the Baldwin County area in 1807 at a cost not to
exceed $1,000. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday,
March 15, 2008, at the Baldwin County Bicentennial Park located two miles north
of I-65 on Alabama 225. In addition, allow members of the living history cast to
camp at the Bicentennial Park overnight to properly set up their camp and to
immerse themselves fully in the interpretation.
An early USA map hanging in the office of the Baldwin County Historical Society
near where Burr was arrested.
Nick Warren and John Jackson show Peter Tavino where Lt Perkins' military re
enactors will assemble March 15.
The Tensaw River, where Burr was captured.
This Week In Alabama History
South Alabamian - Jackson,AL,USA
February 19, 1807: Former US vice-president Aaron Burr is arrested in the
Mississippi Territory at McIntosh Bluff, Washington County, in present day
DAY – MARCH 15TH 2008
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Baldwin County Bicentennial Park
Hwy 225 – 2
miles south of Stockton
the Baldwin County Department of Archives and History
Come learn about the mystery, activities and adventure of the pursuit and
arrest of Aaron Burr near the Baldwin County area in 1807. Living Historians
will have exhibits related to Burr’s plot to commit treason and the ultimate
pursuit and capture of this colorful American.
more information contact or the Baldwin County Archives and History Department –
Nick Warren 251-580-1826
Happy Birthday Aaron. - born Feb 6, 1756
My wife Debbie spent 7 1/2 hours being operated yesterday. A by-pass was put
into her infective leg. She's doing fine now but was told that on Tuesday
they will be removing the three toes that are beyond saving. Her doctor is
95% sure that this procedure will aid in the curing of the infection in her
If things go well, she will come home in about a week and wait a couple of
weeks to have the triple by-pass to her heart.
Those of you who have called I thank you.
If you would like to send her a card she is at the Methodist Hospital 506
6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Room #421 or just send it to our house And I
will see that she gets it.
MRS. BUSH: Hello, everybody. Thank you all. Thanks so much. Thanks,
everybody. Welcome to the White House. So good to see you all.
I want to recognize our -- the director of the Institute of Museum and
Library Services, Dr. Anne Radice. Thank you so much. This is always a really
fun event, and so I'm excited to see everyone here. I think Secretary Robert
Gates is here. There he is, right here. Thank you for joining us. Secretary
Carlos Gutierrez, Administrator Johnson from the EPA; thank you all very much.
And Congressman Steve Cohen is also joining us. Thank you for coming to be with
us. Dr. Sullivan, good to see you.
Georgetown, South Carolina, has a public library with a past. One of its
original donors was Vice President Aaron Burr. When the library was established
in 1799, more than 90 percent of the people in Georgetown County were slaves.
Today, the library brings together patrons of all races to study their county's
history. In 2001, the library organized a two-week visit by the Freedom Schooner
Amistad. More than 20,000 people came to explore this replica of the historic
slave ship, and to participate in library-sponsored lectures and exhibitions.
NOBLESVILLE -- Eighty-four-year-old James P. Frey, World
War II Marine turned playwright, has been quietly turning out pages the
last few years from his Noblesville home.
Noblesville resident James Frey has been writing plays for a few
years and is waiting to hear back from theater groups on his latest
work, "Joust of Giants." - Jeri Reichanadter / The Star
"I write plays like old women do quilting, and some people do gardening," said
The Mensa member is still waiting for biters on his first two plays, and hopes
to hear back from university drama departments and theater groups on his
latest, "Joust of Giants."
It's about the infamous duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton in
1804. The history buff's second play, "Follow the Elephant," is about a local
event. In 1824, a group of peaceful Seneca and Miami Indians camped in Madison
County between Fall Creek and Deer Lick Creek. White settlers robbed and
murdered them in what became known as the Fall Creek Massacre. Four of the
five whites were hanged after trial.
Born in Logansport, Ind., Frey graduated from Shortridge High School in 1941.
Our state makes the big league
Rob Christensen, Staff Writer 1/13/08
Richard Burr, sans socks, plowed through the New Hampshire snowdrifts last
week stumping for John McCain for president, which is likely to re-ignite talk
that he could be McCain's vice presidential running mate.
If Burr, a Republican senator from Winston-Salem, were to land on the
national ticket someday, it would hardly be startling, and not just because one
of his ancestors, Aaron Burr, served as vice president.
As North Carolina emerges as a politically competitive megastate, Tar Heel
political leaders are increasingly becoming national players in politics.
Burr succeeded Democrat John Edwards, who is in his second presidential
campaign. Edwards defeated Republican Lauch Faircloth, who in turn beat Democrat
Terry Sanford, who twice ran for president.
North Carolina's other senator, Elizabeth Dole, has already run for
president. She succeeded Sen. Jesse Helms, who was twice nominated for vice
"Yes, you can find smart videos on YouTube, although they tend to have a
different style," he noted. Still, he questioned whether users would rather see
a British professor on Big Think "blather on about the history of America," or
the popular YouTube video where a person describes the duel between Alexander
Hamilton and Aaron Burr, after having drunk a bottle of Scotch.
into a St. John Valley family whose roots go back to Quebec and Acadia, then
France, I’ve long been interested in Franco-American genealogy and history.
A new book
published by Tilbury House in Gardiner, "Voyages: A Maine Franco-American
The name Barry
Rodrigue brings to mind the Arnold Expedition from the Kennebec to Quebec, so
it’s good to find his article, "An Album in the Attic: The Forgotten Frontier of
the Quebec-Maine Borderlands during the Revolutionary War."
Did you know that
in 1831, Vice President Aaron Burr, who had been on the expedition, gave many of
Arnold’s papers to the Maine Historical Society?
Beatrice Craig of
Ottawa is well-known for her work in St. John Valley genealogy and history,
including the "reconstitutions" of valley families she donated to the Acadian
Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent......
Construction set to
begin at Bicentennial Park and Village
BAY MINETTE, Ala. — Surveyors’ stakes are the only hint of
construction at a pristine, 367-acre park north of Bay Minette
which county officials hope to transform into a recreational
and educational complex featuring period structures,
boardwalks recreation and historical working exhibits.
When completed, the decade-long project off State Road 225
two miles north of Bay Minette, is expected to draw tourists,
conventioneers and students from throughout the Southeast.
“We want this to be a stepping-off point for people coming to
our county,” county archivist John Jackson said. “They will
get a sense of .....
As part of the focus on Baldwin County history, tickets should go on sale in
early January for the North-South Ball slated May 10 in Robertsdale.
Participants at the Civil War period ball will be asked to dress in period
attire (circa 1861) and music will be provided by “Unreconstructed,” a
nationally known period music band.
A Living History Interpretation tentatively planned for March, featuring living
historians, will reflect on the life of Aaron Burr, who spent time in the
northern part of the county.
Burr, born in 1756 and a former vice president of the U.S., challenged and
mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a duel at Weehawken, N.J., on July 11,
1804. He was indicted for murder but never tried. He was arrested and tried for
treason in August 1807 for attempting to form a republic in the Southwest which
he planned to head. He was acquitted.
Within the next six months, an Indian village will be partially constructed for
visitors and students to examine building techniques of Indian dwellings,
according to Nick Warren, county historic projects coordinator....