Saturday, January 13, 2018

Aaron Burr in the Warthen Georgia Jail #georgiapioneers #georgiaancestors

After Aaron Burr Killed Alexander Hamilton He Spent the Night in the Warthen Jail

Old Warthen JailAfter serving as a Continental Army officer during the Revolutionary War, Aaron Burr was a successful lawyer and politician. He was elected twice to the New York State Assembly and appointed as State Attorney General; later as Senator. His job as President of the Senate afforded him the duties of vice president and he was present at the first impeachment trial in the Senate of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase. However, during the last year of his term as vice president, Burr killed his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a famous duel. Burr was never tried for the illegal duel and all charges against him were eventually dropped, but the death of Hamilton ended his political career. So Burr left Washington and traveled West seeking new opportunities. But his activities eventually led to his arrest on charges of treason in 1807. Although the subsequent trial resulted in acquittal, Burr was left with large debts and few friends and went to Europe where he remained until 1812 when he returned to the United States to practice law in New York City. He spent the rest of his life in relative obscurity. The Warthen Jail in Warthen, Georgia was built for detaining Vice President Aaron Burr while he was enroute to trial for treason. (According to the marker). Days before Hamilton dueled with Burr, he wrote this letter to his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler. "I need not tell you of the pangs I feel, from the idea of quitting you and exposing you to the anguish which I know you would feel. Adieu best of wives and best of Women. Embrace all my darling Children for me." (National Archives) 
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