Saturday, July 11, 2009
On July 11, 1804, Vice president Aaron Burr shot and mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a duel beside the Hudson River in Weehawken, New Jersey. Hamilton fired in the air; Burr didn't. Hamilton died the next day. Burr was 48, Hamilton 47. Burr completed his term as vice president, but never became president of the United States. Aaron Burr appears four times in A Book of Ages. Hamilton appears five times.