On Relocation

When AB’s term as Vice President ended in 1805 he had very few options. Between his handling of the Hamilton affair and the machinations of the Virginia mafia , he was personna non grata in Washington. He couldn’ t really go home to New York either, because he could be extradited to New Jersey to face murder charges, and his debts were mounting, leaving his creditors eager to get their hands on him as well. He wrote of his situation to his son-in-law Joseph Alston:

“In New York I am to be disenfranchised, and in New Jersey hanged. You will not…conclude that I have become disposed to submit tamely to the machinations of a banditti.”

AB was determined to find a place to exercise his many talents legitimately. The American West offered the greatest promise for a man of his circumstance. And off he went, his energies focused on reclaiming his name and reputation as a man who could get things done.

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Published in: on December 18, 2009 at 12:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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On the Deep South US

In the summer of 1805, Aaron Burr took a 450+ mile trek through the deep south – New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee among the places he visited in Late June through August…

“…vile country, destitute of springs and of running water–think of drinking the nasty puddle-water, covered with green scum, and full of animalculae–bah!”

Doesn’t sound like he saw a lot of future growth potential here. Old school “Dirty South?”

Published in: on December 8, 2009 at 4:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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