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Burr, Hamilton, and JeffersonA Study in Character$
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Roger G. Kennedy

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140552

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140552.001.0001

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Chapter 5

Chapter 5

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Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson

Roger G. Kennedy

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This book so far has been observing Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson as they responded to circumstances created in large measure by Alexander Hamilton, as Hamilton removed John Adams as an impediment to Jefferson's ascent to the presidency and stood in the way of any contention for that eminence by Burr. In 1784, the embarrassments of Virginia's wartime government retreated behind the glorious tableau of the Virginian commander-in-chief receiving the British surrender at Yorktown, on Virginia soil. A somewhat subdued Thomas Jefferson returned to the Congress as Hamilton and Burr turned to the practice of law. The two young men often displayed their respective skills as cocounsel in celebrated cases, in the sponsorship of rival banks, and in politics. Jefferson's wife, Martha Wayles Skelton, died in 1782, the same year Burr was married to Theodosia Bartow, a widow ten years his senior. In 1791, Burr had taken his seat in the Senate. Hamilton was already in the national capital, serving as George Washington's principal adviser. Henry Knox was the president's counsel on military matters.

Keywords:   Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, elections, John Adams, politics, Congress, Virginia, Theodosia Bartow

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