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Portrait of Aaron Burr (1756-1836), who was an attorney in New York. Burr served as the Vice President to Thomas Jefferson in 1800 after tying on electoral votes, but losing in the House of Representatives. Near the end of his term as Vice President, after failing to win the renomination, Burr dueled and killed Alexander Hamilton, whom he blamed for his political problems. After leaving the vice presidency, Burr convinced Ohioan Harman Blennerhassett to participate in an attempted rebellion against the United States. In September 1806, Blennerhassett ordered the construction of fifteen boats, which the men planned to use to transport up to five hundred followers. Blennerhassett spent much of his fortune paying for the planned expedition. The United States government heard of the uprising and took the rumors seriously. Governor Edward Tiffin of Ohio dispatched the state's militia to Blennerhassett's home at the convergence of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers, with orders to stop all river traffic traveling down the two rivers. The government also sent a detachment of Virginia militia to seize Blennerhassetts' home on an island in the Ohio River. Burr was arrested and was charged with treason, only to be found innocent in a trial presided over by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.
The Ohio History Connection, Aaron Burr Collection, SC 2469
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