Aaron Burr Duel - What was a duel?
Aaron Burr Duel
Facts about the Aaron Burr Duel for kids
Who was Aaron Burr? Aaron Burr had run for the presidency but been defeated and was given the role of Vice President
Who was Alexander Hamilton? Alexander Hamilton was a famous politician who had held the position of America's first Secretary of the Treasury
What was the reason for the duel? Alexander Hamilton had called Vice President Aaron Burr "a dangerous man, and one who ought not to be trusted with the reins of government" which had been printed in a newspaper. Aaron Burr requested an immediate retraction and apology but Alexander Hamilton refused.
What was the location of the Aaron Burr Duel? Weehawken, New Jersey
What time was the Aaron Burr Duel? Duels traditionally took place at dawn and the Aaron Burr Duel started at 7.00am
What was the name of Aaron Burr's second? William P. Van Ness
What was the name of Alexander Hamilton's second? Nathaniel Pendleton
What was the name of the attending physician? The name of the doctor was Dr. David Hosack
How many paces were between the men in the Aaron Burr Duel? 10 paces - the fewer the paces, the worse the insult
Did the Alexander Hamilton fire a shot? No. His pistol un-discharged and still cocked. He told the doctor that he never intended to take a shot
How did the Alexander Hamilton die? The ball of the pistol ball lodged next to his spine. He died in considerable pain the following day.
What was the reaction to the shooting? People were outraged but Aaron Burr was let off and completed his term as Vice President
How old were the duelists? Alexander Hamilton was 47 years old and Aaron Burr was 48 years old.
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