Aaron Burr Association records, 1976-1981

Overview of the Collection

Aaron Burr Association
Aaron Burr Association records
1976-1981 (inclusive)
1.29 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
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The Aaron Burr Association was a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the life and legacy of Aaron Burr. Collection contains pamphlets, dissertations, speeches, books, and a portrait painting published by the Aaron Burr Association.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
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There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Aaron Burr Association was a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the life and legacy of Aaron Burr. Aaron Burr served as the third vice president of the United States from 1801 to 1805. Prior to this position, he worked as a successful lawyer in New York City and was appointed attorney general by Governor George Clinton in 1789. When the election of 1800 arrived, both Burr and Thomas Jefferson received the same number of electoral votes, complicating the matter of who should serve as president and who as vice president. The tie was eventually broken by the House of Representatives who chose Jefferson as president. This resulted in the passage of the twelfth amendment to the Constitution which stipulated that separate ballots must be cast for vice president and president during an election cycle.

Perhaps one of the most defining moments of Burr’s career was his relationship with Alexander Hamilton. Both harbored animosity toward the other. In 1804, Hamilton dispersed defamatory letters about Burr to hurt his chance at winning the governorship of New York. Events led to a duel in which Burr killed Hamilton. Burr then fled to Philadelphia as murder charges mounted with a plan to escape into Mexico where he planned to form his own government. However, his plan was foiled by his chosen confidante, James Wilkinson, who reported Burr’s plans to Jefferson. Burr was promptly arrested and put on trial in Virginia for treason. The judge acquitted him, and Burr spent the next four years in Europe before returning to New York in 1812 to practice law again and remarrying in 1833. The marriage was short-lived, however, as Burr squandered his wife’s wealth, causing her to file for divorce. He died in 1836.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection contains materials published by the Aaron Burr Association; a genealogical dissertation written by Suzanne Burr Geissler for Syracuse University; transcripts of speeches given by Dr. Samuel Engle Burr; a book titled The Aaron Burr Lectures by Samuel Engle Burr; and a portrait painting of Aaron Burr by T. Doughty dated 1840 and thought to be a forgery of the original.

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Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

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Acquisition Information

This material was received from Samuel Engle Burr Jr. between March 1970 and 1981.

Processing Note

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Samuel Engle Burr Jr. at the date of processing.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

InventoriesReturn to Top

The American Heritage Center is in the process of converting its older container lists to a more accessible format. This link is to an older version of a container list for 2 boxes.

Container(s) Description

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Art.
  • Books.
  • Dissertations, Academic.
  • Pamphlets.

Personal Names

  • Burr, Samuel Engle, -- 1897-
  • Geissler, Suzanne Burr.

Corporate Names

  • Aaron Burr Association.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Paintings.
  • Periodicals.
  • Speeches.