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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 4

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Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson

Roger G. Kennedy

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Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr became defined, as men, in the presence of violence. For both of them, military experience brought a sudden eminence. At the end of the War for Independence, Burr was a hero and Thomas Jefferson was not, the latter's unheroic status stemming from his failed wartime governorship of Virginia. In December 1777, George Washington's defeated army, with Burr, Hamilton, and John Marshall in its ranks, dragged itself into winter quarters on a windswept ridge between a little creek valley where an ironworks had been, Valley Forge, and the bluffs overlooking the Schuylkill. In the 1800 presidential election, Burr did not negotiate arrangements with the Federalists and lost; Jefferson did, and became president.

Keywords:   Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Federalists, election, John Marshall, War for Independence, Virginia, army

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