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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 23

Chapter 23

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Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson

Roger G. Kennedy

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In 1808, Thomas Jefferson rid himself of Aaron Burr. He had never liked Burr from the start. Alexander Hamilton, who is often placed as the statue opposite Jefferson, really was not fully competitive. Though John Jay once considered appointing him to the US Senate, he was never elected to an office under the Constitution he so ably advocated. Hamilton would not have been a rival to Jefferson in real politics even if he had not been a foreigner, like Albert Gallatin. There is no way for us to learn whether or not Jefferson actually believed what Gideon Granger and James Wilkinson told him of Burr's plans to free the slaves in Louisiana. Yet even if he did not accept their story, their stating it was useful to him in rallying opposition to Burr in the South and detaching from Burr Wade Hampton, as much a power in Louisiana as in South Carolina. It is noteworthy that though Hampton loathed Wilkinson, he did not assist Burr.

Keywords:   Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, politics, Albert Gallatin, John Jay, Gideon Granger, James Wilkinson, Wade Hampton, Louisiana

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