Aaron Burr: Conspiracy to Treason by Buckner F. Melton Jr. tells the story of politician Aaron Burr, his hostile relationship with Federalist Alexander Hamilton, and his plan for treason in the United States. In Aaron Burr: Conspiracy to Treason, Burr is a politician, soldier, and lawyer who is an enemy of beloved Alexander Hamilton and becomes hated among many. Burr begins his political life as a soldier under George Washington. Sometime after this, he begins to learn about law and becomes an excellent politician and lawyer with wit beyond his competition. He later obtains a position in the United States Senate by outrunning Philip Schuyler in the election. Schuyler happens to be Hamilton's father-in-law, so this begins the two politicians' hatred-filled relationship. Burr later loses his position to …show more content…
Hamilton and Burr spend years in an eternal struggle for power in the newly formed United States colonies. In 1800, Burr runs for President against Thomas Jefferson. They get the same amount of electoral votes, so the House of Representatives is responsible for choosing their new president. Hamilton voices his opinion of Burr and his approval of Jefferson. Burr loses to election but becomes Vice President. Burr is furious at Hamilton for his loss. After many years of disagreement, Burr kills his enemy Hamilton in a duel that went down in history. Even after his success, Burr is left to multiple trials of treason and many hours in court. Many people despise Burr and try to convict him of crime; however, their lawyers are no match to those of Aaron Burr. In the end of the biography, Burr spends time in Europe before going back to the United States to
In the farewell speech of George Washington (1796), the outgoing president warned that the creation of political factions "sharpened by the spirit of vengeance" would certainly lead to "formal and permanent despotism." Despite warnings from Washington, two of his closest advisers, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, helped form the factions that led to the dual party system in which the United States operates today. Other men, including James Madison and John Adams, also contributed to the formation of political parties, but Hamilton and Jefferson came to represent the divisions that shaped the national political landscape at the beginning. Although both men had been active in the revolutionary effort and in the foundation of the United States, Jefferson and Hamilton did not work together until Washington appointed Jefferson as First Secretary of State and Hamilton as First Secretary Of the Treasury. From the beginning, the two men fed
Hoffer’s presentations of the characters are not as perfect. His portrayal of Burr is one of very high moral standards and that of a perfect gentleman leading reader’s to believe that Hoffer is quite biased on his opinion of Burr’s character. He seems to think that Burr was not capable of any type of treason, even though we still do not know what Burr’s dealings were on Blennerhassett Island to this day. He, however, is not the first to take such a stand as the same view can be seen in some of the more sympathetic biographies of
The second act shows us Hamilton’s goals of taking control within the governmental system. Hamilton has several debates with multiple leads in government. Hamilton and Jefferson have multiple altercations within the government during the first planning stages of the government. Hamilton’s plan of The Compromise of 1790, is one result of a debate Hamilton had. John Adams, Aaron Burr and a few others had multiple encounters with
On July 11, 1804, the most famous duel in American history took place between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, then the Vice President of the United States. Ellis first relates the most common version of the duel story, which states that, in accordance with the rules or customs of code duello, Hamilton and Burr shot at one another from a distance of ten paces on the plains of Weehawken, NJ. Hamilton was mortally wounded, and died the next day. Burr, although unharmed, could never recover his political standing afterwards.
Judith St. George wrote a book called The Duel about the parallel lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. In the book, with 2 different lenses, she talks about them being students. Burr and hamilton had similar experiences but St. George wanted us to see how they are different as well. At only the age of 13, Burr got accepted to the College of New Jersey, now known as Princeton. Hamilton's lens was different.
Alexander Hamilton was a major part in the making of the United States of America. Firstly, He was George Washington’s protege during the Revolutionary War and and was part of the Continental Congress in 1782, 1783, and 1788 Secondly, He was the first Secretary of the Treasury in the United States. Lastly, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton got into a dispute from the election of 1801 and the standoff led to Alexander Hamilton killed on that day. In conclusion, Alexander Hamilton was a major part in the making of the United States of America.
After a series of “paper wars” between the political opponents, Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel, which Hamilton accepted. According to Freeman, Hamilton accepted Burr’s challenge for a number of reasons. “In his mind, the duel; was a praiseworthy attempt to serve the common good... yet it was also an intensely personal attempt to preserve his public career. To prove to the world, and to himself, that he was a man of his word, a man of courage and principle, a leader.”
This is conveyed by Washington’s correspondence with Hamilton. Hamilton began his decline when Washington died. Freed of the tempered restraining influence of Washington, Hamilton’s judgment faltered. At this point, the book became almost unbearably sad. Hamilton engaged in a number of political feuds with Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and others that clouded his perspective.
Hamilton used his influence to persuade enough representatives to vote for Jefferson to make him the president. Burr was furious and never full forgave Hamilton for what he did. Hamilton and Jefferson didn’t get along very well, so it was surprised some that he chose to support him and not Burr, who he had worked alongside on various occasions. Another reason for Burr’s actions would be when he ran for governor of New York. He ultimately lost to Morgan Lewis, a republican.
A person’s true character is exposed in his actions and words in private settings around those he maintains an intimate relationship with. For that reason, the relationships individuals maintain with his or her confidante powerfully reveal who they truly are. In the book The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr, Brands portrays the touching father-daughter relationship Aaron Burr and Theodora Burr maintain. Although Thomas Jefferson argues that Aaron Burr is a horrible villain, Theodosia, Burr’s confidante, disagrees.
Paragraph 3: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr are similar people but both live different lives. They both became orphans at a very young age. Alex was born on January 11, 1755 in Nevis. He was always energetic. Early on when Alex was young, James Hamilton Sr. left them.
Because of many of his radical views, he gained a lot of opposition in both the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties, and was forced to resign, yet still remained popular, with a greatly valued opinion (Brookhiser). Hamilton then lost his firstborn son (Phillip) in a duel when Phillip challenged George Eacker to uphold his father’s honor. And yet Hamilton refused to remain quiet and openly opposed Aaron Burr in the election of 1800, and worked against Burr again when the Vice President ran for New York governorship. In an attempt to heal his wounded pride, Aaron Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel, and the discredited Alexander Hamilton died the day after. (Foner).
Not long after the gubernatorial election, the Albany Register published letters from Dr. Charles D. Cooper that relayed the doctor’s understanding of Hamilton’s opinion of Burr. According to Cooper, Hamilton had, during a dinner party, expressed that he thought the Vice President to be a “dangerous man, and one who ought not be trusted with the reins of government.” Cooper also claimed to know of “a still more despicable opinion” Hamilton had of Burr. Burr, who took this as an insult to his honor, sent a letter to Hamilton, demanding an apology.
Both men have made very significant accomplishments during their lifetime. Jefferson became the Vice President of the United States. This position caused problems because the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches were in favor of the Democratic party and Jefferson was in favor of the Republican party. Therefore, it was difficult for Jefferson to obtain support because everyone disagreed with his views and ideas. If Jefferson and Hamilton did not disagree, the United States could run more
Born on April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia, Thomas Jefferson was a man of incredible talents who is remembered today as one of the most influential individuals in American History. Jefferson was elected in 1800 as the third president of the young United States, and throughout his historic presidency, allowed himself to be guided through his own distinct philosophy of government known as Jeffersonianism. A staunch supporter of state’s rights and a limited central government, Jefferson believed that the virtuous and educated farmer formed the backbone to democracy. Jefferson despised the moral depravity that he believed accompanied the big cities and luxurious jobs, and stated that when people “get piled up upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe” (Boyer et al. 225). In addition, Jefferson was a slave owner and believed that the white race should be held superior over the inferior black population.