Aaron Burr Leaves the Senate
The Washington Post ran a piece on Saturday about how current senators ignore the deeply-felt farewell addresses of their departing colleagues. Having just completed my manuscript about Aaron Burr’s Western expedition, which will be published next fall — American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America — I was reminded of Burr’s emotional departure from the Senate in March 1805.
Burr, who was under indictment for murder in New York and New Jersey for killing Alexander Hamilton in their famous duel, had served in that chamber for six years as a senator and for four years as vice president.
And the Post ran my remembrance this morning.
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