National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr

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Aaron Burr, lithograph (detail) based on an 1834 painting by James Van Dyck.


New-York Historical Society

Princeton University Press

Additional information at

A highly selective edition of the papers of the Revolutionary War soldier, United States Senator, and third Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson. Burr served as an officer in the Revolutionary War,  became a successful lawyer and politician, and was elected twice to the New York State Assembly. He was chosen as a U.S. senator (1791–1797) from the State of New York before becoming. During Burr's tenure as vice president, he presided over the Senate's first impeachment trial, that of Supreme Court justice Samuel Chase. In 1804, the last full year of his single term as vice president, Burr shot his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a famous duel. 

The papers center on Burr’s public career, business interests, and legal practice. The NHPRC also funded a microfilm edition of the Papers of Aaron Burr, 1756–1836, info at, 27 reels, 100-page guide/index

Complete in two volumes

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