Random Thoughts: The other Hamilton duel – part 1
May 1, 2020
Previously, we looked at some of the political duels that were fought when they were a common occurrence in the United States.
Certainly, the most famous of those took place in New Jersey in 1804 when Aaron Burr, then serving as the vice-president of the United States, killed Alexander Hamilton, the former secretary of the treasury.
Having taught U.S. history for several years at the college level, I have noticed that this is one event in the American past with which most students are familiar before we discuss it in class.
The Burr-Hamilton duel was the culmination of a long-standing feu...