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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 12

Chapter 12

(p.185) Chapter 12
Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson

Roger G. Kennedy

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As soon as it became known on the streets of New York that Alexander Hamilton had been killed by Aaron Burr in their duel, the latter's political enemies raised a great clamor. Leading the pious pack were the Clintons, with some of the Livingstons close behind, professing to be appalled at dueling and suddenly full of admiration for the fallen hero. Though there was much noise from preachers and the minions of the Clintons, Thomas Jefferson did not quickly show his hand, and the dueling gentry south and west of New England were slow to execrate Burr for dueling. The Federalists among them felt the loss of Hamilton, but they did not blame Burr for the manner of his death. Depressed, Burr decided to retreat southward. Along the way, he met Commodore and Mrs. Thomas Truxton, US Attorney (later Secretary of the Treasury) Alexander Dallas, perhaps General Victor Marie Moreau, and finally Clement Biddle and Nicholas Biddle.

Keywords:   Alexander Hamilton, duel, Aaron Burr, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Truxton, Alexander Dallas, Clement Biddle, Nicholas Biddle

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