Grading Service: NGC
SKU: 135232
Cert Number: 4254074001

In 1804 after several years of constant rivalry, heated arguments, and general distaste Aaron Burr defeated Alexander Hamilton in a duel that ended his life. Both men, distinguished in politics and certainly intellectually gifted, served in the continental army during the Revolutionary War but had very different upbringings. Burr, born and raised in a rich family that had been a part of the American Colonization process received much of his support through his father. Hamilton, on the other hand, was born into a poor family, raised in the Caribbean, and worked his way to the United States where he struggled as a poor immigrant for years until he caught George Washington’s attention. Both are accredited with a strong political background; Hamilton known as the father of the American economy and Burr known for his work in New York. From the beginning of their political careers Hamilton had always detested Burr, especially once he beat his father-in-law for the New York senate seat. Hamilton was never quiet about his opinion of Burr, whom he thought was “a dangerous opportunist.” So when Burr ran on the presidential ticket with Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton claimed “I feel it is a religious duty to oppose his career.” After a series of personal attack Jefferson and Burr lost the election, but ran again in the following election. This time Burr published confidential documentation written by Hamilton that criticized his fellow Federalist President to ensure they would win the election, which worked. For years Hamilton slandered Burr after this election and ultimately tarnished his reputation to a point that he was fed up. As was common in early America, Burr challenged Hamilton to an “affair of honor” to regain his reputation. These affairs, though legal, had a complex set of laws that governed their practice which would often lead to a peaceful resolution before weapons were drawn. This wasn’t the case for Burr, who refused to have any such recourse with Hamilton. On July 11, 1804 the two enemies met in Weehawken, New Jersey at seven o’clock in the morning to battle their differences out. What followed is still unclear as there are several accounts of that day. Burr’s second claims Hamilton fired first but missed, while Hamilton’s second claims he was feeling remorse and purposefully missed. Regardless, Burr’s bullet his Hamilton right in the stomach and lodged next to his spine; Hamilton passed the next day. Despite the legality of the duel, people were outraged that Burr decided to shoot so his reputation was more tarnished than before, basically ending his political career forever.

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