Aaron Burr, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, c1899.
Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
Alexander Hamilton, between 1900 and 1912
by John Trumbull. Prints and Photographs Division, Library
duel grew out of a long history of conflict between the two New
Burr defeated his father-in-law in a race for the U.S. Senate,
fear Mr. Burr is unprincipled, both as a public and a private
man. In fact, I take it he is for or against nothing but as
it suits his interest and ambition.
Burr ran for Vice President, Hamilton commented:
Burr is determined, as I conceive, to climb to the highest honors
of the state. He is bold, enterprising, and intriguing, and
I feel it is a religious duty to oppose his career.
the Federalist-controlled House of Representatives had to decide
between Jefferson and Burr for president in 1800, Hamilton threw
his support to Jefferson:
is no doubt but that upon every virtuous and prudent calculation
Jefferson is to be preferred. He is by far not so dangerous
a man and he has pretensions to character.
did Hamilton distrust Burr and why did he feel so strongly about