Aaron Burr served in the Continental Army before becoming a successful lawyer. In 1791, he was elected as a U.S. senator from New York. He ran for president in 1800. At the time, whoever received the most electoral votes became president; the person with the second most votes became vice president. The election was a tie. Hamilton helped swing the vote to Jefferson, reducing Aaron Burr to the position of vice president. The 12th Amendment was passed in 1804, changing how vice presidents are chosen. In 1805, Burr’s last year in office, he killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, ending Burr’s political career. Burr was tried and acquitted in 1807, on charges of treason for his activates in the West. It was a major test of the Constitution and the separation of powers.
This U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr History Mug is part of our U.S. Vice Presidents Series which includes all of the US Vice Presidents.
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