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3rd Vice President (1801-1809)

Biographical Data
Religious Views
References, Links, & Further Reading

Education: College of New Jersey (Princeton)

Occupation: lawyer

Political Affiliation: Republican

Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian

Summary of Religious Views:

Burr's father was a minister, and, although his father died when he was 3, Burr was raised in a strict religious environment. After graduating from college, Burr studied briefly for the ministry, before choosing the law as his profession.
A minister was present during Burr's last days, but Burr, who was alert, lucid, and able to communicate until the very end, though he was hospitable to the clergyman, did not request, and was not given, the holy sacrament.

Views on Religion & Politics:


"On that subject I am coy." -- answer to Rev. Dr. P. J. Van Pelt, when asked if he expected salvation

References, Links, & Further Reading: Books, Articles, Links


Works by Aaron Burr

ed. by Mary-Jo Kline and Joanne W. Ryan, Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr, 2 vols., Princeton Univ. Press, 1982-83


Thomas P. Abernathy, The Burr Conspiracy, Oxford Univ. Press, 1954
J. Cohalan, Saga of Aaron Burr, Exposition Press, 1986
Nancy Isenberg, Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, Penguin Books, 2008
Matthew L. Davis, Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete, 2 vols., 1836-1837 [Vol. 1][Vol. 2]
Buckner F. Melton, Jr., Aaron Burr : Conspiracy to Treason, Wiley, 2001
Milton Lomask, Aaron Burr: The Years from Princeton to Vice President, 1756 - 1805, and The Conspiracy and Years of Exile, 1805 - 1836, 2 vol., Farrar, Straus, 1979-82
Herbert S. Parmet and Marie Hecht, Aaron Burr: Portrait of an Ambitious Man, Macmillan Press, 1967
Nathan Schachner, Aaron Burr: A Biography , A.S. Barnes, 1937
David O. Stewart, American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America, Simon & Schuster, 2011


Walter S. Drysdale, "Aaron Burr's Conspiracy And Trial", Harper's new monthly magazine, Volume 84, Issue 500, January, 1892, pp. 197-205
Jerome Reiter, "ALEXANDER HAMILTON: THE DUEL WITH AARON BURR ", The Concord Review, Fall 1988
"Aaron Burr. From the Journal of a Foreign Traveler", The New-England Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 4, April 1835


Biographical Sites

BURR, Aaron, 1756-1836 (Biographical Directory of the US Congress)
Aaron Burr (1801-1809) (Vice Presidents of the United States -- U.S. Senate)
Aaron Burr Jr.(1756-1836) (Hypertext on American History)
Who Served Here? Aaron Burr (Historic Valley Forge)
Burr, Aaron, Jr. (Princeton Companion)
Duel At Dawn, 1804 (Eye Witness)
The Duel (The American Experience -- PBS)
The Aaron Burr Trial (Famous American Trials)
The Conspiracy And Trial Of Aaron Burr (AmericanHeritage.com)

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