This is the twisted true-life tale of two friends, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. Both were veterans of the continental army. Both were big shot lawyers in New York and both were politicians.
It was politics that began the dissent between the two, forming an irreparable rift that led to murder. Alexander Hamilton believed in the unification of states. All states united should then act as one and speak as one and in doing so they would become a great strength while operating under the rule of one central government. Aaron Burr believed the opposite. Each state should be bonded together by association of like interests functioning independently from a unified government. The two argued over their indifferent opinions until resentment and hatred replaced their friendship.
Aaron Burr took General Schuylers’ seat as New York’s senate representative. This made Hamilton really angry with Burr for defeating his father-in-law and taking his seat in office. Hamilton had more to worry about then squabbling over Burrs’ victory. Six years from that point he found himself at the heart of a public scandal. His honor was at stake he was publicly humiliated and the worst part was would it cost him his career in politics? He rebounded by challenging his accuser James Monroe to a gunfight duel. Monroe chose Burr as his successor should he die in the duel. An agreement between Hamilton and Monroe was reached before the duel ever happened, but even so a renewed disgust at Burrs’ popularity caused Hamilton to rig Burrs’ upcoming re-election as New York’s senator so that he would lose.
Gunfight duels must have been the in thing during the 1800’s because another turn in events found Burr and John b. Church shooting it out. Miraculously both lived and neither felt the fury of a gunshot wound. Church happened to be related to Hamilton by marriage as his brother-in-law.
Sneaky Hamilton cost Burr the presidency of 1800. When Burr attempted to make governor of New York in 1804, Hamilton again stood in his way. The Albany Register disclosed information that same year expressing Hamiltons’ view of Burr. They were condemning of Burr declaring him a “Dangerous Man.” Burr couldn’t get the response he was looking for when questioning Hamilton over his accusations of him. It was June 27, 1804 Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel.
July 11,1804 fourteen days after the initial challenge Burr and Hamilton stand at sunrise on a bluff in New Jersey. Delaying the duel long enough to put on his spectacles, Hamilton appeared ready. “Fire!” was shouted and two shots struck two objects. Hamiltons’ gunfire blew into a branch above, but Burrs’ bullet pierced Hamilton’s liver resting in his spine. Death resulted from the gunshot wound the day after.
The nation was in mourning over there beloved ex secretary of state. Aaron Burr, vice president at the time, was charged with murder in New Jersey and New York. He disappeared until everything died down, returning then to perform his vice presidential duties in Washington. His term ended a year later as did his political career.
Still ambitious he made plans to overthrow Mexico, hoping to make it part of the Frontier States where he would be the head of the government. He eventually gave up the idea to which afterwards James Wilkinson turned his plans into Thomas Jefferson. In February 1807 Burr was captured and tried for Treason, but without sufficient proof, no witnesses, he was released.