Aaron Burr is intriguing — he fought in the Revolutionary War, ran for president multiple times and was ultimately arrested for treason. How much do you know about this Founding Father?
Burr was born in Newark, N.J., in February 1756.
Burr's parents died within a year of each other when he was 2 years old.
After graduating from the College of New Jersey, Burr studied theology before deciding on law.
Burr was a volunteer solider in Benedict Arnold's march to Quebec in the fall of 1775.
Burr got a position on Washington's staff but left soon after to go back onto the battlefield.
Burr was made lieutenant colonel and put in charge of a regiment.
Burr was in bad health and just generally burned out when he left the army in March 1779.
After leaving the army, Burr practiced law for a few years and then ran for the New York state assembly.
Burr was an early advocate of ending slavery. He introduced an (unsuccessful) abolition amendment in 1784.
Burr was a New York senator from 1791 to 1797.
Burr came in fourth, behind John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Pickney.
Burr got the same number of electoral votes as Jefferson — but because of the convoluted election method used in those days, Jefferson took the presidency.
Burr was Jefferson's vice president, even though the two pretty much never saw eye-to-eye.
The two men had a long-simmering mutual dislike, but many historians say it began when Burr beat out Philip Schuyler, Hamilton's father-in-law, for a senate seat in 1791.
Aaron Burr was definitely not the kind of man who shied away from a fight.
The duel took place in Weehawken, N.J., across the Hudson River from Manhattan.
Dueling was illegal in both New York and New Jersey, but it wasn't a death-penalty crime in New Jersey.
In 1801, 19-year-old Philip Hamilton was killed in a duel at the Weehawken spot — and the same guns had been used.
In 1799 Burr dueled John Baker Church, Hamilton's brother-in-law, because Church said Burr had been taking bribes. Both men missed.
Burr's bullet went through Hamilton's liver and spine.
By all accounts, Burr went home and ate breakfast with a visitor and didn't mention that he had probably just killed someone.
Burr was charged with a misdemeanor for dueling and a felony count of murder. But the charges were eventually dropped.
Jefferson dropped Burr from his ticket for the 1804 election, so Burr decided to run for governor of New York.
Burr, by now a highly controversial figure, was beaten in a landslide by Morgan Lewis.
In 1799, Burr said he was starting a water company — but he secretly changed the charter to make it a bank instead. And New Yorkers really needed clean water.
The Bank of Manhattan is the original predecessor of the gigantic entity that is now JPMorgan Chase.
None of these three men were big fans of Burr, but the quote is Adams'.
Burr was a well-known womanizer but also an early feminist. He greatly admired Mary Wollstonecraft, author of "A Vindication of the Rights of Women."
To this day, no one is totally sure what happened in 1807. Burr was in the Louisiana Territory, apparently trying to drum up a militia to help Mexico overthrow Spain in what is now the southwest United States. He was found not guilty.
Burr died in a Staten Island boardinghouse in 1836, at the age of 80.