US History 10
1 March, 2015
Aaron Burr vs Alexander Hamilton Duel
The duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton is one of the most fascinating stories in US History. Burr and Hamilton strongly disliked each other for many reasons. While both were a huge part in politics, they disagreed on almost everything. This was the start of the rival between these two men. Burr did have his reasons to duel against Hamilton, which he thought would regain his power, but in the end, ruined his reputation. The fight for honor and power was the biggest reason these two men went to Weehawken, NJ on July 11th, 1804 and drew pistols at one another to fight for their political lives. Burr was justified to take part in this duel, due to the unruling actions that Hamilton had taken to anger Burr and ruin his reputation. The very first clash that these two men came encounter with was at the Senate race in 1791. Aaron burr was running for the senate against Hamilton’s father-in-law. The outcome of this election was a victory for Burr. …show more content…
The electoral college came to a halt while making a selection for president, between Thomas Jefferson who was supposed to be running for president and Aaron Burr who was running for Vice-President. Having said that, there ended up being a tie between Jefferson and Burr. Since Hamilton was a big part of the politics at this time, he did all that he could to get people to vote for Jefferson, because of the hate he had towards Burr. Burr infact did end up losing this election and became the Vice-President, while Jefferson became president. This wasn't the only time Hamilton had ruined the chances for Burr in an election. In 1804, Burr was running for New York Governor and Hamilton battled against him, making him lose against his opponent. Burr was infuriated and Hamilton was just happy to see Burr deprived of an
Hamilton was self-driven from a young age which in turn made him extremely successful, but also very prideful. Aaron Burr acted out of pure childlike jealousy towards Hamilton, always giving him the cold shoulder and never truly helping him when Hamilton came for advice. Although the behavior was reciprocated on both sides, Aaron Burr was the one who took it
He's also saying the loss of either of them would disrupt the world since they’re both huge aspects of the political and general world. Ron Chernow tells us that both men were neither vengeful nor angry leading up to their final battle. The eye witness from“Eyewitness Testimony: William P. Van Ness, Nathaniel Pendleton” tells us that in fact “Both entered the duel from weak positions, hoping to reap some measure of political rehabilitation.” Miranda altered this information to keep his audience’s heart on Hamilton. If he didn’t, everyone would feel as though the battle was neutral and their emotions wouldn’t be as engaged in the storyline.
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.
Taking time to understand the formation of our country takes a lot of time, patience, and understanding as well as being willing to learn all of the different government systems. During this time, the thirteen colonies had a desire to be free from Great Britain due to taxation and other issue’s. In order to become free from Great Britain, the colonies had to sign a document which is known as the Article of Confederation. After the situation with Great Britain was solved, another problem had to be handled. One problem that the colonies had was making decisions with each other.
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 election was almost as confused and complex as the 1796 election Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, both Republicans, tied in the Electoral vote because Republican electors failed to follow the prescription of ensuring that Jefferson would receive more votes (and the presidency) than Burr. Burr is accused of violating the agreement. This result threw the election to the House of Representatives for a final decision, an interesting situation given the fact that the House continued to be dominated by Federalists.
Political parties, Democratic Republicans and Federalists, started in the U.S. because of differing views of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, and the influence of newspapers. Jefferson’s and Hamilton’s different ways of thinking(mostly on issues that was beneficial for the country) played a huge part in the start of political parties. They fought about economy. Jefferson liked farming while Hamilton preferred manufacturing and trade. Interpretation of the Constitution was another thing they fought upon.
They remained loyal to Hamilton and continued to rely on him extensively. This was one of the reasons that Adams, as well as Jefferson, developed an intense hatred for Hamilton. It was during Adams’ presidency that the venerable Washington was called upon to resume his generalship because of the looming prospect of war with France. He would only do so on the condition that Hamilton be second in command. By this time, Washington and Hamilton had developed a mutual respect that elevated Hamilton to the status of peer.
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.
Alexander Hamilton began his life as a young boy living in the British West Indies. At the age of 11, Hamilton began working tirelessly to provide for his family. With time and experience, Hamilton started working with international commerce and slave trade. His boss, Hugh Knox, recognized his ambition and decided to send him to America. Hamilton attended King’s college, other known as Columbia University, and became more involved in politics.
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).
When it comes to Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton the main difference between the two was their political party. The basis of each of their political parties set the boundaries for their beliefs and their views as politicians. Both men were founding fathers of our country, and made a huge impact on history as we know it. Without these men, our country's government might not be what it is today. One of the only similarities of Jefferson and Hamilton was their want to diminish national debt.
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
There was many differences between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson,they both had different ideas of how to run the country. Hamilton was a Federalist; he wanted the nation government to be strong , while Jefferson was a Democratic- Republic, he wanted the states to hold more power.(Competing Visions of Government: The Federalists vs. the Republicans) They both have different views in political issues and ideals for the country. Alexander Hamilton wanted a strong central government because he experienced the results of a weak central authority.(The Differences Between Hamilton & Jefferson's Views on Political Party Beliefs)On the other hand Thomas Jefferson wanted a weak central government because he thought that the threat of cruel