Burr, Aaron was born on February 6, 1756 in Newark, New Jersey, United States. Son of Aaron and Esther (Edwards) Burr. His mother, Esther Edwards, was the daughter of Jonathan Edwards, the famous Calvinist theologian, making Burr Edwards's grandson. The Burrs also had a daughter, Sarah, who married Tapping Reeve, founder of the Litchfield Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut. Aaron Burr's father died in 1757, and his mother the following year, leaving him an orphan at the age of two. Grandfather Edwards and his wife Sarah also died that year; young Aaron and his sister Sally went to live with the William Shippen family in Philadelphia. In 1759, the children's guardianship was assumed by twenty-one-year-old uncle Timothy Edwards.
graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1772
Served in Revolutionary War, 1777-1779, commissioned lieutenant colonel Continental Army, 1777. Served in battles of Long Island, Monmouth. Admitted to New York bar, 1782.
Practiced law, New York City, 1783. Attorney general New York State, 1789-1791. Member United States Senate from New York, 1791-1797.
Member of New York State Assembly, 1797. Tied with Jefferson for United States presidency in election of 1800, Jefferson became President on 36th ballot in the United States House of Representatives, Burr became vice president United States (Republican), 1801-1805 (this situation produced 12th amendment). Mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton, a political enemy, in duel, Weehawken, New Jersey, 1804.
Formulated conspiracy to seize S.W. Territory from Spanish America in order to set up a new republic. Arrested 1807, tried for treason before Chief Justice Marshall of the United States Circuit Court in Virginia, May 22, 1807, acquitted, September 1, 1807. Journeyed abroad, attempted to interest France and England in his schemes, 1807, failed, returned home, 1812, resumed law practice, New York City.
Served in Revolutionary War, 1777-1779, commissioned lieutenant colonel Continental Army, 1777. Member United States Senate from New York, 1791-1797. Member of New York State Assembly, 1797.